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SACP wants to know what the controversial Sars unit uncovered

The SACP says it isn’t convinced by statements that Minister Gordhan is not being targeted by the Hawks.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it wants to know what the covert unit at South African Revenue (Sars) uncovered which has led to a desperate battle between the country's leadership even at the possible expense of the country's economy.

The party says it isn't convinced by statements that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is not being targeted by the Hawks.

The SACP has highlighted investigations into alleged bribery and corruption in the tobacco industry as one of the serious cases uncovered by the Sars covert unit.

It says it wonders what else the unit has uncovered, which has led to the targeting of Gordhan and three former Sars employees.

The party's Solly Mapaila says officials can't be punished for uncovering lawlessness.

"South Africa must decide whether their tobacco illegal groupings should actually smile all the way to the bank or a selfless serving revolutionary should go to jail."

There is speculation that the Hawks' investigations into the covert unit were sparked by unhappy members of the tobacco industry.

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