Hawks reportedly give finance minister an ultimatum

The Sunday Independent says Gordhan has until 4pm tomorrow to answer the 27 questions.

FILE: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - It's being reported that the Hawks have issued a second letter to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, giving him a deadline to answer questions about an investigation into the South African Revenuer Service (Sars)' rogue unit.

The Sunday Independent says Gordhan has until 4pm tomorrow to answer the 27 questions posed to him by the directorate.

The finance minister also apparently received backlash from Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza for not meeting the initial deadline, which was just a few days before his Budget speech.

Pressure appears to be mounting on Gordhan as his feud with Ntlemeza takes a turn for the worse.

The Sunday Independent says a letter sent to Gordhan by Ntlemeza clearly spells out the powers of the Hawks, adding that the minister has no choice but to cooperate.

Gordhan is being questioned over the controversial high risk investigative unit that was set up during his tenure at the revenue service.

The so-called rogue unit is accused of having conducted illegal spying on tax payers and politicians.

He now has until 4pm tomorrow, to explain himself.