SARS 'rogue unit' case revived

Tensions are simmering between the office of the public protector and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Courtesy #DStv403

PRETORIA - Tensions are simmering between the office of the public protector and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The so-called "rogue unit" case is, yet again, at the doorstep of the Public Enterprises Minister.

But this time the minister's legal team is accusing Busisiwe Mkhwebane of withholding any new evidence that may have cropped up.

READ: Pravin Gordhan subpoenaed again over SARS 'rogue unit'

Gordhan's attorney Tebogo Malatji is accusing Mkhwebane's investigating team of not cooperating and withholding new information which may have arisen from EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu's complaint.

The minister's legal team also argues that since the matter dates back ten years -- when he was SARS Commissioner -- there should be new conditions or evidence to warrant a fresh investigation.

To put a spanner in the works in this impasse, Mkhwebane's office says it suspects there may be collusion in answers provided by current SARS employees, who have been subpoenaed.

READ: Gordhan being subpoenaed over a non-issue: lawyer

Oupa Segalwe claims a meeting was held at the revenue service's offices but can't confirm or deny whether Gordhan was present.

Segalwe admitted there were similarities between the filed affidavits and Gordhan's one.

Mkhwebane has since issued a scathing statement against the minister, after granting him an extension to file his supporting documents.

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eNCA