Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has been subpoenaed by the Public Protector to submit an affidavit related to the so-called SARS 'rogue unit' – in a case dating back to his time as SARS Commissioner.
Gordhan’s role in the formation of an internal investigations unit has been dealt with extensively through various platforms, and the latest action has been described by his spokesperson Adrian Lackay as "abuse of [the] office" headed by Busisiwe Mkhwebane.Allegations relating to the 'rogue unit' were in 2014 investigated by the Public Protector, and in 2016, the Hawks sent Gordhan 27 questions.
A 2018 report by the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into SARS found that the high-risk investigation unit was not unlawful.Subscribe to Fin24's newsletter hereThe current subpoena, which Fin24 has seen, stems from a complaint lodged by Floyd Shivambu, Deputy President of the Economic Freedom Fighters, and other anonymous complainants.
The subpoena also touches on a range of other questions unrelated to the rogue unit, including a decision to pursue Julius Malema's tax investigation. Gordhan was SARS Commissioner between November 1999 and May 2009.
Below are some of the key complaints contained in the subpoena.