DA to request a judicial commission of inquiry into Sars rogue unit
The Hawks reportedly launched an investigation into claims of corruption at the revenue service.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will be writing to President Jacob Zuma requesting him to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate allegations surrounding the so-called South African Revenue Service (Sars) rogue unit.
The Hawks reportedly launched an investigation into claims of corruption at the revenue service and this week sent Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan a letter asking about his role in setting up the unit that has been accused of spying on people.
The investigative unit is reportedly pressing on with their investigation against Gordhan despite the finance minister denying the allegations against him.
Gordhan has now been given until Wednesday to respond to 27 questions relating to the case.
The DA's David Maynier said, "The standoff between the minister of finance and President Zuma has now escalated into an all-out civil war over Sars. The only way of avoiding a mutual distraction and uncovering the truth is through a full judicial commission of inquiry."
Although the Presidency has rubbished claims of a conspiracy against Gordhan, The City Press says it has spoken to a senior government official, who says the minister should not expect any help in his legal battles from Zuma.
The official says the president has been advised not to interfere as that would amount to defeating the ends of justice.
The case against the finance minister relates to his approval of the unit's operations, among other things.