Magashula, Pillay request NPA to review fraud charges

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Former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Sars officials Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula on Monday requested the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to review the charges against them.

The NPA says its head, Advocate Shaun Abrahams, received the requests to review the decision to prosecute them for fraud.

Abrahams announced on Tuesday that they were to be charged on three counts -- involving R1.1-million -- for misrepresenting to the government insurance fund and Sars that Pillay was entitled to full pension benefits.

Magashula and Pillay were charged along with Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.

Gordhan has rejected an invitation to ask for the charges against him to be reviewed.