Reports: Pravin Gordhan could be arrested

The Hawks have reportedly handed over a docket to the NPA to prosecute the finance minister.

FILE: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at a pre-Budget speech media briefing in Parliament on 24 February 2016. Picture GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have reportedly handed over a docket to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), to prosecute Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and eight others over their involvement in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) rogue spy unit saga.

The Sunday Times says authorities want Gordhan to be prosecuted for espionage over the unit, which is accused of spying on taxpayers during his time as Sars commissioner.

The paper claims its sources at both the Hawks and NPA say the agencies are now waiting for the 'political go-ahead' before swooping on the minister.

The Sunday Times says the NPA has denied claims that a decision has been made to prosecute Gordhan and eight others.

It's understood the eight other people named in the investigation include prosecutor Gerrie Nel and former Sars boss Johann van Loggerenberg.

The arrest of the finance minister, if effected, is likely to affect the rand - which nose-dived when President Jacob Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene in December.

The paper says Gordhan's looming arrest will be followed by a Cabinet reshuffle that will see Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas also removed.