Gordhan subpoenaed over 'rogue unit'

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- mg.co.za | a week ago

The public protector has subpoenaed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and former South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Oupa Magashula to answer questions related to a complaint over the establishment of the alleged “rogue unit” at the tax agency.Gordhan was Sars commissioner between November 1999 and May 2009 and Magashula from 2009 to 2013.

The Mail & Guardian understands that advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has given Gordhan and Magashula seven days to reply to her questions to be submitted to her office by April 23.It is understood the questions resemble the 27 questions sent to Gordhan in 2016 by the Hawks on the eve of the then finance minister’s budget speech. The Hawks investigation never led to criminal charges.

Instead, Gordhan was charged for an alleged unlawful pension payout to former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay, charges that were dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) less than a month later.Mkhwebane also wants the pair to respond to questions about whether Sars’ pursuit of the tax affairs of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, “without a legal basis”, was “based on an instruction from Mr Gordhan”, who was finance minister in 2012.The EFF has publicly said it complained to Mkhwebane about the establishment of the alleged rogue unit, but it is unclear whether these latest subpoen as are related to the EFF complaint, as the public protector is currently investigating two separate complaints against the two former Sars heads.

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