Parks Tau: ANC must confront corruption, abuse of state agencies

Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the party and government.

Former City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the African National Congress (ANC) must confront the abuses of state agencies.

Tau appeared to throw his weight behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who failed to report to the Hawks last week for a warning statement.

Gordhan and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in an investigation into a controversial unit.

Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the organisation and in government.

"We must as the ANC confront corruption. We must as the ANC confront the abuse of state agencies."

Gordhan and four other former revenue service officials have been implicated in fraud and interception-related charges.

Ivan Pillay, Johan van Loggerenberg and Oupa Magshula provided warning statements to the Hawks on Thursday, while Andries Janse van Rensburg was questioned last Monday.

Gordon declined to present himself to detectives, saying he'd taken legal advice and wasn't obliged to.

Pillay, Van Loggerenberg and Magashula have been given until 5 September to answer a list of about 30 questions.

The questions relate to the nature and conduct of a now disbanded covert unit within Sars and several key investigations it undertook into tax dodgers.

Pillay has additional questions relating to his early retirement package and subsequent re-employment at the revenue service.

It's understood that once these questions have been answered and submitted to the NPA, a decision will be made on whether or not to prosecute them, including Gordhan.

Gordhan's submissions to the Hawks last week demonstrated that the charges formulated against him were legally flawed.