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

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