'Hawks not legally authorised to investigate alleged Sars rogue unit'

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos says the Hawks have no legal authority to investigate the alleged SA Revenue Service rogue unit.

702/CapeTalk's Redi Tlhabi on Wednesday spoke to De Vos about the legalities surrounding the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

The law says it [Sars] cannot gather departmental intelligence in a covert manner. Departmental intelligence is the kind of intelligence that is related to threats to South Africa's national security.

Pierre de Vos, constitutional law expert

There is no criminal aspect that has been committed so the Hawks cannot investigate. If they do, then they are doing someting that they are not legally authorised to do.

Pierre de Vos, consitutional law expert

There has to be a criminal element or crime that is being investigated. At some point, the Hawks are going to find out that establishing an intelligence gathering unit inside Sars is not a criminal offense.

Pierre de Vos, constitutional law expert

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