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Sars: Van Loggerenberg could face criminal charges

The head of a so called rogue unit resigned, but Sars says he could still face criminal charges.

FILE: The head of a so called rogue unit resigned, but Sars says he could still face criminal charges. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says while it considers its disciplinary procedures against the former head of what's been called a rogue spy unit to be fully complete, he could still face criminal charges.

On Wednesday Johann van Loggerenberg resigned after being suspended following claims that the unit he headed had been spying on politicians and ran a brothel.

Sars says they parted amicably, but adds that an independent investigation will determine whether van Loggerenberg actually broke the law.

On Wednesday, both Sars and van Loggerenberg said all the matters between them had been fully dealt with.

But the service's Luther Lebelo says it doesn't mean van Loggerenberg is fully in the clear.

"If it's found by Sars that there are criminal actions committed by anybody, Sars reserves the right and has an obligation to report such actions."

The unit was first started in 2007 and was supposed to work with the National Intelligence Agency before it pulled out of the plan.