Van Rooyen accuses Gordhan of dragging out Hawks probe

Des van Rooyen says that Pravin Gordhan must comply 'for the sake of the country'.

Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - MK Military Veterans Association treasurer Des van Rooyen has accused Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan of drawing out the Hawks' South African Revenue Service (Sars) investigation and says he's putting the country's economy at risk.

Yesterday, the association held a briefing about the spat between Treasury and the Hawks, criticising Gordhan's decision not to present himself at the unit's Pretoria headquarters last week.

The unit has identified the minister and three other Sars officials as suspects into an investigation into a controversial unit at the revenue service.

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The Hawks instructed the four to present themselves at its offices last week but the finance minister chose not to, citing that he was under no legal obligation to do so.

Van Rooyen says the minister, like everyone else implicated, must comply.

"We are extremely concerned that this matter is now being prolonged and that is why we are calling on all the affected, for the sake of the country, let's comply."

Van Rooyen has also accused the finance minister of undermining the Hawks and using the media to solicit sympathy.

He said that Gordhan was given an opportunity to respond to the Hawks when they initially sent him questions but he chose to run to the media.

"A plea for sympathy in the media and strategy of using the media to organise support is not going to help."