Hawks summon Finance Minister

News breaking through the daily maverick website, and then confirmed by EWN yesterday, that the Hawks have summoned Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and three other officials to answer questions under warning tomorrow.

The Hawks have claimed they’re investigating a unit set up at SARS while Gordhan was the organisation’s Commissioner. EWN's Barry Bateman joins Stephen Grootes on the line to discuss the impending meeting.

Bateman says that along with Gordhan, Ivan Pillay, Johan van Loggerenberg, and the head of the controversial Sars unit Andries Janse van Rensberg also known as 'Skollie', have been summoned by the Hawks tomorrow. They are expected to receive a warning statement, where they will be cautioned as suspects of their rights as accused.

This investigation has taken a very big step forward.

Barry Bateman, EWN

Though Bateman says it is unlikely Gordhan will be at tomorrow's meeting as he is due to appear in parliament, he is sure his legal team will negotiate another date and also release public statements to help steady a concerned market.

The Hawls are wanting answers along the lines of the 27 questions they sent the minister earlier in the year. It all realtes to the reseach group within Sars that was set up in 2007 and conducted investigations into the illicit economy, "tax evaders essentially", says Bateman.

The hawks allege the unit within Sars conducted covert operations that contravened two separate Acts one of which is the National Strategic Intelligence Act.

Alex Mashilo, National Spokesperson of the South African Communist Party, told Grootes that it must be noted that the issue around Gordhan and this unit subsided during election campaign.<span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black">

It was as if there was a political decision taken that this must not be executed until the elections were concluded.

Alex Mashilo, National Spokesperson of the South African Communist Party

Mashilo also made clear that the credentials between Gordhan and hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza were very different. The former was on the side of the revolutionary forces fighting against apartheid, while the latter's track record was highly questionable.

There is the suggestion that this investigation is part of a fight for control of government resources.

The conduct of the Hawks throughout the process has been highly suspicious and contains contradictory statements.

Alex Mashilo, National Spokesperson of the South African Communist Party

Listen to the interviews below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Hawks summon Finance Minister


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Nehawu Wits acting secretary Tumisho Madihlaba says negotiations with management deadlocked resulting in a strike.

Former Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz under fire for signing off R400 mil payment

Former Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz under fire for signing off R400 mil payment

‘Documents show that the fee contract was entered into by Anoj Singh & signed off by the acting CEO Sean Maritz' - Chris Yelland

‘Qedani Mahlangu helped people die then she ran away’ – Stephen Grootes

‘Qedani Mahlangu helped people die then she ran away’ – Stephen Grootes

Stephan Grootes shares his views on the events that unfolded at Life Esidimini and comments on Qedani Mahlangu’s apology.

Metrorail train derails due to vandalism on the central line

Metrorail train derails due to vandalism on the central line

The Central line was set to resume services on Thursday but has been postponed due to vandalism at Heideveld and Netreg stations.

Hawks Mulaudzi neither confirms or denies reports about possible Guptas arrests

Hawks Mulaudzi neither confirms or denies reports about possible Guptas arrests

Hawks spokesperson confirmed working closely with the NPA but cannot disclose cases it is working on until people are charged.

May the Fourth be with you, a celebration of Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you, a celebration of Star Wars Day

May 4 marks "May the Fourth be with you," Day celebrated by fans George Lucas' fans of his Star Wars global movie franchise.

Popular articles
We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

He was punched in the face by a motorist last week and tracked the driver down for a meet-up, instead of laying charges.

7 suspects arrested in Joburg heist

7 suspects arrested in Joburg heist

EWN Reporter Barry Batemen says eight people including two bystanders were hurt in the heist.

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

The world now knows never to underestimate the athletic form of SA cricketer AB de Villiers after this gravity-defying catch.

What's better than sex with your partner? Sex with YOURSELF! #MasturbationMonth

What's better than sex with your partner? Sex with YOURSELF! #MasturbationMonth

It's time to dim the light, lie back, relax and enjoy a bit of one-on-one time - with yourself!

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

Another heist was carried out in Boksburg on Thursday morning and led to five people being arrested.

Blind athlete sues popular winery after guide dog barred entry

Blind athlete sues popular winery after guide dog barred entry

Paralympian Hendri Herbst will take Durbanville Hills to court after his guide dog was denied entry inside the restaurant in 2014.

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

The eradication of medical aid co-payments is one of a number of changes to the medical aid scheme proposed by Aaron Motsoaledi.

[LISTEN] Is it Yanny or Laurel? Test your ears!

[LISTEN] Is it Yanny or Laurel? Test your ears!

What's Gone Viral with Khabazela brings you tweets, posts and YouTube videos that have social media talking.