SACP: Hawks’ conduct in Gordhan probe 'suspicious'

The party has reacted to news that Pravin Gordhan has been summoned to report to an investigator.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says the conduct of the Hawks in its investigation of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is highly suspicious and the unit's public contradictory statements makes it difficult to trust.

The party has reacted to news that Gordhan and three former South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials have been summoned to report to an investigator tomorrow, to provide warning statements.

The Hawks are probing the nature and conduct of a disbanded Sars covert unit, which investigated criminal syndicates', allegedly illegally.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo says it appears a political decision was taken to suspend the investigation into Gordhan until after the elections.

"The conduct of the Hawks throughout the entire affair is highly suspicious and contains contradictory statements. It was the Hawks who said that they were investigating the minister of finance, indeed they were investigating him. So must they be trusted?"

Documents Eyewitness News has seen reveal that the Hawks investigation in the case opened by Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane has been completed.

Gordhan and the former Sars officials face charges of unlawful interception of communication and contravening the National Strategic Intelligence Act.