Hawks say questions sent to Gordhan aren’t part of an 'investigation'

M&G yesterday reported the Hawks sent the minister questions just days before his Budget speech.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivering his national Budget speech in Parliament on 24 February 2016. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - The Hawks say that the questions it sent to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan were not part of an investigation into a Sars unit accused of spying on people.

The Mail & Guardian reported yesterday that the Hawks sent the minister a set of questions just days before his budget speech

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe issued a statement saying they are extremely concerned by this development - the timing of which indicates there was an intention to distract the minister.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi declined to disclose what the questions to Gordhan related to, but did say they did not concern Sars.

"There is no investigation that we are conducting. These are just questions that we have sent and we are of the view that it is a matter of concern between us and the minister of finance.

He says if the ANC is concerned with this development, it should schedule a meeting with the unit's head, Berning Ntlemeza.

Meanwhile, Gordhan has issued a statement saying those who sent letter are not interested in the economic stability of the country, adding that the unit has no reason to investigate him.