Presidency denies reports of Gordhan’s imminent arrest

It’s alleged the Hawks have handed over a docket to the NPA, calling for Pravin Gordhan to be prosecuted.

FILE: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has denied reports claiming Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could face arrest for involvement in a rogue spy unit at the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

In a report by the Sunday Times, it's alleged the Hawks have handed over a docket to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), calling for Gordhan and eight others to be prosecuted.

It's alleged both agencies are awaiting the political go-ahead before making an arrest.

However, the NPA has denied the receipt of any docket on this matter.

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga says the allegations are the work of people trying to cause confusion.

"The Presidency has noted the story in the _Sunday Times _today alleging an imminent arrest of the minister of finance. It is quite clear to us that the story is the work of dangerous information creators who are hell-bent on causing confusion and mayhem in the country."

Earlier today, the NPA said it had taken no decision to prosecute the finance minister or anyone else involved in the saga, as the matter is still under investigation.

The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku said, "No docket has been handed over to the NPA for a decision. The matter is still under investigation. Our prosecutors are assisting in terms of guiding the investigation."