‘Former Sars officials not facing charges at this stage’

Ivan Pillay & Johan Van Loggerenberg were interviewed by detectives for two hours each in Pretoria today.

Johann van Loggerenberg addresses the media outside the Hawks building. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials Ivan Pillay and Johan Van Loggerenberg's attorney has made it clear his clients are not facing any charges at this stage, merely allegations.

The pair were interviewed by detectives for two hours each at the Hawks offices in Pretoria today.

The investigation relates to a now disbanded covert unit within Sars, which the authorities claim was established and operated unlawfully.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has also been implicated in the matter, but after taking legal advice told the Hawks he won't be presenting himself to them.

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Attorney Rob Levine says there is no basis for the allegations against Pillay and Van Loggerenberg.

"I'm not going to be answering questions now. My clients wish to thank civil society and civil society organisation for their support, they consider the allegations baseless."



Advocate George Bizos, who joined several civil society organisations outside, says recent developments in the Sars investigation are deeply worrying.

"We are concerned about the future of justice and law in South Africa."

It's understood the docket will now be sent to Prosecutions Boss Shaun Abrahams to decide whether to charge the suspects or not.

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