New comments by Nhleko suggest Gordhan’s a suspect in Sars probe

Comments by Nhleko in an affidavit suggest the Hawks consider Gordhan a suspect in the Sars investigation.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

PRETORIA - Comments by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko in a sworn affidavit appear to reveal that the Hawks do, in fact, consider Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan a suspect in the Sars investigation.

Today marks the deadline for the minister to respond to 27 questions the Hawks sent to him just days before his Budget speech last month.

Nhleko submitted an affidavit in the Helen Suzman Foundation's application to have the appointment of Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza set aside.

Three weeks ago Nhleko was at pains to emphasise that no particular individual was being investigated in the Sars matter.

"The fact that questions would have been sent to an individual doesn't mean that individual is necessarily facing an investigation or is being charged for that matter."

But in an affidavit filed yesterday, Nhleko criticised the foundation for not intervening in the Democratic Alliance (DA's) Spy Tapes application involving President Jacob Zuma.

He says the foundation found it fine to pursue an investigation of a sitting Head of State but despicable to investigate a sitting minister of finance.

Eyewitness News has sought comment from the Hawks, police ministry and Gordhan's attorneys but none have replied.