‘NPA’s plan to lay charges against some Sars, Hawks officials concerning’

It’s reported the NPA head Shaun Abrahams plans to lay charges against Ivan Pillay, Anwa Dramat and others.

FILE: The new National Director of Public Prosecutions of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advocate Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is preparing criminal charges against former South African Revenue Service (Sars) boss Ivan Pillay, former Hawks head Anwa Dramat and top prosecutor Gerrie Nel is concerning, the Centre for Constitutional Rights said on Monday.

The City Press newspaper says recently appointed NPA head Shaun Abrahams has taken the decision to charge the three, along with a number of their former colleagues.

The charges relate to two different cases.

It's understood Pillay, Nel, NPA investigator Andrew Leask and former Sars employee Andries Janse van Rensburg, who headed the organisation's "rogue" spy unit, are all set to be charged in connection with the alleged bugging of the NPA's Pretoria headquarters in 2007.

Dramat and his former colleagues, Gauteng hawks head Shadrack Sibiya and Pretoria Hawks boss Leslie Maluleke are apparently set to be charged soon for their roles in the rendition of five Zimbabweans in 2010.

The centre's director Johan Kruger says it's important to separate politics from facts.

"The public concern with regard to the credibility of the NPA is certainly justified given the turmoil over the last couple of years. The new NDPP [ is yet to prove himself."

It's believed Abrahams will be making an announcement on the matter at a press conference scheduled to be called in the next two weeks.