Sars ‘deeply shocked’ by NPA spying allegations

The affidavits by two former Sars officials apparently implicate Ivan Pillay and others in spying on the NPA.

FILE: Sars said it's deeply shocked after affidavits were leaked by two former top officials, implicating former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay and others in spying on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Services (Sars) said it's deeply shocked after affidavits were leaked by two former top officials, implicating former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay and others in spying on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The Sunday Times said the two members who apparently worked with a rogue spy unit, claim Pillay illegally bugged the phones of the NPA officers including former head Vusi Pikoli who was investigating Jackie Selebi in 2007.

The newspaper is reporting that the affidavits from former officials Johan de Waal and Helgard Lombard have singled out Gerrie Nel and Andrew Leask as being responsible for procuring bugging equipment.

They're accused of spending R900,000 for this.

Sars spokesperson Luther Lebelo said, "Sars is deeply shocked by the allegations and finds it very serious, but we do not want to comment on the merits of the allegations until the appropriate time."

The exact motive of the operation code named 'Project Sunday Evenings' remains unclear.

However, the affidavits apparently revealed that former rogue unite head Andries Janse van Rensburg wanted the group to have the power to decide who will govern South Africa.

The bugging devices were procured for 12 NPA offices and boardrooms.

All implicated are yet to comment.