E-mail exposes NPA and Hawks plan in Gordhan's fraud case

A report by the Mail & Gaurdian has revealed that legal counsel for SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane refused to get involved in the prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for ethical reasons.

In an email sent to Moyane by attorney David Maphakela, he said that he did not agree with the view pursued by the Hawks and the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).

Gordhan will appear in court on November 2 for a fraud charge regarding a pension payment to former SARS Commissioner, Ivan Pillay.

It means that the NPA didn't look at the all the evidence at hand and all the evidence in the public domain before they made the decision to charge Minister Gordhan and his colleagues.

Pauli van Wyk, Mail & Guardian journalist

702's John Robbie spoke to Mail & Guardian journalist, Pauli van Wyk, who wrote the piece.

The newspaper also brought to light a hostage drama that ensued at the SARS offices in Pretoria between Moyane's bodyguards and high-ranking SARS official Vlok Symington. The incident was captured on video.

SARS is yet to respond to the report.

Listen to the interview below to hear more on the issue:

Vlok drafted this legal opinion saying in essence everything is okay with the pension pay-out of Mr Ivan Pillay, which is why Minister Gordhan, Pillay and Oupa Magashula are being charged for fraud.

Pauli van Wyk, Mail & Guardian journalist

Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

This is being called the biggest medical advancement in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard's first heart transplant.

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

The Council on Higher Education says parents need to be wary of the increasing number of fly-by-night tertiary institutions.

New app to detect hearing loss

New app to detect hearing loss

University of Pretoria has developed a new app which uses a smartphone to detect hearing loss.

UK prison officers manage to quell mass inmate riots

UK prison officers manage to quell mass inmate riots

Britain recorded the worst prison riots in 26 years after 600 inmates at a prison in Birmingham embarked on a 12-hour riot.

Gauteng tops drunk driving offences since start of the festive season

Gauteng tops drunk driving offences since start of the festive season

Traffic authorities have arrested more than 3 000 people for various traffic offences, with drunk driving as the leading offence.

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

Barry Bateman spoke to Stephen Grootes to unpack the meaning behind the stories that dominated the headlines in 2016.

Popular articles
'I’ve never invested in the stock exchange. I know it too well'

'I’ve never invested in the stock exchange. I know it too well'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti (UP) about his attitude toward money (hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.).

Feasibility study for Gautrain expansion completed but no approval yet

Feasibility study for Gautrain expansion completed but no approval yet

MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study has been submitted to Treasury for consideration and formal approval.

Magashule has never taken responsibility for anything says Mxolisi Dukwana

Magashule has never taken responsibility for anything says Mxolisi Dukwana

Dukwana accuses Magasshule of taking him to Saxonwold and asking him to sign a project over to the Guptas for R2 million a month.

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge Mandela Makaula has dismissed the defence application saying it has no merit.

'As long as I'm mayor, I'm not going to sit back and watch criminals take over'

'As long as I'm mayor, I'm not going to sit back and watch criminals take over'

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba says criminals cannot be allowed to threaten service delivery in the city.