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Gordhan turns to lawyers to prepare ‘adequate response’ to Hawks

He says the Hawks have not responded to his lawyer’s request for clarity about the investigation.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says he's now asked his legal team to prepare what he calls an adequate response to the Hawks' threat to take action against him.

This afternoon the Hawks said Gordhan had missed a second deadline to respond to questions about a South African Revenue Services (Sars) unit he helped create.

The unit also said its legal team was forging a way forward that would see the hawks exercising its constitutional powers.

Gordhan says it's factually incorrect for the Hawk's to claim that the unit sent him a letter that he has not responded to.

He also says the Hawks have not responded to his lawyer's request for clarity about what they actually investigating.

The finance minister previously asked the Hawk's if they are investigating any offence, and if so which one?

There seems to be an indication that Gordhan is not going to respond to these questions anytime soon, and that he does not believe the Hawks are acting in good faith.

Meanwhile, earlier today the Hawks issued a hard-hitting statement describing as "disturbing" Gordhan's handling of their Sars-related questions.

The elite police unit claims Gordhan must have known that a second deadline had been set, which expired yesterday, and have blamed him directly for leaving them no choice but to explore their next legal step.