‘I’m not under pressure to prosecute anyone over Sars rogue unit’

While Shaun Abrahams regards the matter as 'urgent', he says no decision has been made to arrest anyone.

FILE: National Director of Public Prosecutions of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advocate Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams says he is not under pressure from any quarter to prosecute former or current government officials linked to the so-called South African Revenue Service (Sars) rogue unit.

Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that the Hawks want Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prosecuted for "espionage" in relation to the unit's activities while he headed up the revenue service.

Abrahams has confirmed a docket was submitted to prosecutors who have provided further "guidance" to investigators.

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Even though Abrahams regards the matter as "urgent", he says the probe is ongoing and no decision has been made to arrest anyone.

"I can assure that no senior government official, past or present, will be arrested in this matter until the investigation has been concluded and a decision has been made as to whether any person should be prosecuted or not."

The unit, officially known as the National Research Group (NRG), was set up in 2007.

Gordhan has said the NRG was lawfully established to "penetrate and intercept the activities of tax and customs related crime syndicates".

Gordhan, who served as finance minister between 2009 and 2014, was reappointed to the post during President Jacob Zuma's reshuffling of finance ministers in December last year.

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