Sars denied reports that it had bullied Minister Pravin Gordhan into testifying against senior officials in a disciplinary hearing regarding the so-called rogue unit.
JOHANNESBURG – The case against three former senior SARS officials, who were part of an investigative unit within the revenue collector, was postponed to June 18 in the Pretoria Magistrate&39;s Court on Monday.
The matter will now move to the high court.
Summonses had been served on Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg.
In March, the Hawks served papers on the group, in connection with what had been called a &39;rogue unit&39; within SARS, allegedly used to spy on the National Prosecuting Authority. The investigative unit existed, but the officials, including former SARS head Pravin Gordhan, insist it was set up lawfully and committed no wrongs.
KMPG, which compiled the original report into the unit, since admitted its findings were flawed and withdrew it.
SarsWars The matter in court today relates to &39;Project Sunday Evenings&39; a purportedly illicit spying operation alleged to have been run by the so-called &39;rogue unit&39; @sarstax. Court is now in session, the three accused stand before the Magistrate.— Erin Bates (@ermbates) April 9, 2018
SarsWars The Magistrate says the matter is postponed until 18 June. She says the accused are on a warning, and if they fail to appear in court they will be subject to arrest. She says the three will be issued written warning to Pillay, Janse van Rensburg, and Van Loggerenberg.— Erin Bates (@ermbates) April 9, 2018
Jacob Zuma fired former finance minister Pravin Gordhan partly on the basis of the report, as the NPA tried to prosecute him on charges related to Pillay being given an early pension.
The NPA, however, was later obliged to withdraw these charges because of insufficient evidence – that was either withheld, hidden or not considered.
Pillay, Van Loggerenberg and Janse van Rensburg have questioned why the NPA had not obtained warning statements from them, which they claimed was a procedural prerequisite to their being charged.
They were released under strict bail conditions.
SarsWars Hotz says the docket his team is set to receive later this month is the most important thing bearing in mind this case dates back to 2015, he says. They will produce evidence to support their case, he says of his clients. “Pravin must fall,” chant Black First Land First— Erin Bates (@ermbates) April 9, 2018