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Controversial Sars unit: Hawks summon Gordhan, former Sars employees

Pravin Gordhan, and two former Sars executives have been summoned to the Hawks officer this week.

FILE: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - In the latest development in the ongoing South African Revenue Service (Sars) investigation, it's being reported that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former Sars employees have been asked to report to the Hawks later this week.

The Daily Maverick is reporting that Gordhan, Ivan Pillay and Johan van Loggerenberg have been asked to provide warning statements to detectives.

The Hawks have been investigating the nature and conduct of an alleged covert investigating unit with the revenue service, which has since been shut down.

A source with knowledge of the Hawks investigation has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Gordhan, and former Sars executives Pillay and van Loggerenberg have been summoned by the Hawks.

It is, however, unclear at this stage exactly why detectives have summoned them to the unit's head offices in Pretoria.

Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza sent Gordhan a list of 27 questions earlier this year when it emerged the minister was accused of establishing an allegedly illegal covert unit.

Pillay and van Loggerenberg both resigned from Sars following allegations of their involvement in that unit.

The Hawks could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the rand has extended losses to 2.5 percent against the dollar following reports that Gordhan has been ordered to report to the hawks.

At around 6.30pm, the rand was trading around 13.77 to the dollar, 18.17 to the pound and 15.59 to the euro.

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