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Hawks want to charge Gordhan to 'take him out of the equation' - reports

There are fresh reports that authorities want Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be prosecuted for espionage over his alleged involvement in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) so-called rogue spy unit saga.

The Sunday Times reported on Gordhan's imminent arrest and claims that sources say the Hawks are ready to submit a docket to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute him.

We've got sources who now say that the docket is ready. These are well-placed sources - politicians, people who are close to the situation.

Thanduxolo Jika, Sunday Times investigative journalist

Sunday Times investigative journalist Thanduxolo Jika says that NPA officials have spoken off the record regarding the charges, which include crimes against the state.

According to Jika, the arrest of the finance minister could signal a Cabinet reshuffle to 'take him out of the equation.'

Jika says the publication has proved its credibility in the past, when it reported that Mcebisi Jonas was offered a ministerial job by the Gupta family.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Meanwhile, Acting Spokesperson for the Presidency, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga says that the law enforcement agencies have denied claims made in the Sunday Times.

According to Ngqulunga, there is dangerous trend of sources providing false information to media.

As the Presidency, we see a pattern emerging of false rumors that are fed to the media. It is quite clear to us that there are dangerous information peddlers who are feeding these stories.

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Acting Spokesperson for the Presidency

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