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Hawks subpoena Trevor Manuel and his former deputy over Sars probe

It’s understood the investigation relates to the establishment of the Sars special projects unit and a specific project called Sunday Evenings.

 FILE: Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA – It has now emerged that the Hawks have subpoenaed former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and his then deputy Jabu Moleketi to write affidavits about their role in establishing a South African Revenue Services (Sars) investigations unit.

The move is seen as a fresh effort to close in on former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who was the Sars Commissioner at the time, who remains a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma.

The revenue service’s special projects unit was disbanded after a series of now retracted reports about its alleged conduct which included spying on politicians and operating a brothel.

Last year, Gordhan was charged with fraud related to a pension payout but several weeks later the charges were withdrawn.

Manuel has confirmed that he has been subpoenaed to file an affidavit, but because he is out of the country he has referred the matter to his attorneys.

The Hawks have given him and Moleketi until Friday to submit the documents.

It’s understood the investigation relates to the establishment of the Sars special projects unit and a specific project called Sunday Evenings.

In the 27 questions sent to Gordhan last year, the Hawks described Sunday Evenings as being relating to the installation of sophisticated surveillance equipment at the National Prosecuting Authority offices.

Former prosecutor and Scorpion Gerrie Nel is also implicated in the alleged bugging.

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