The Hawks are moving on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be prosecuted for “espionage”. This relating to a case related to the activities of the South African Revenue Service “rogue unit” while he was the tax agency’s commissioner.
The move is set to most inevitably to plunge the markets back into the turmoil seen in December last year when President Jacob Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister.
Investigators sent two letters to Gordhan wanting answers to 27 questions. The initial deadline of March 1 passed when he said he was prepping the National Budget and did not have time to comply‚ and he said he had not received the second letter‚ which set Monday 14 March as the deadline.
Hawks are threatening me – Pravin Gordhan
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has lashed out at the Hawks‚ saying the elite investigations unit is threatening him but he will not be swayed from his vital task of managing South Africa’s economy.
The Sunday Times says authorities want Gordhan to be prosecuted for espionage over the unit, which is accused of spying on taxpayers during his time as Sars commissioner.
The paper claims its sources at both the Hawks and NPA say the agencies are now waiting for the ‘political go-ahead’ before swooping on the minister.
The Sunday Times says the NPA has denied claims that a decision has been made to prosecute Gordhan and eight others.
It’s understood the eight other people named in the investigation include prosecutor Gerrie Nel and former Sars boss Johann van Loggerenberg.
The arrest of the finance minister, if effected, is likely to affect the rand – which nose-dived when President Jacob Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene in December.
The paper says Gordhan’s looming arrest will be followed by a Cabinet reshuffle that will see Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas also removed.
Source: Sunday Times, EWN, TimesLIVE