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Reports: Hawks approach Nhlanhla Nene to testify against Gordhan

A Sunday paper has reported that the Hawks have approached the former Finance Minister to be State witness.

Former Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Sunday Times is reporting that the Hawks have approached former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to testify in their case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The paper is reporting that the crime fighting unit met with Nene on Thursday to request he be a state witness and testify against his successor.

Nene has apparently been asked to testify about a covert unit operating within South African Revenue Services (Sars), while he was finance minister.

While senior officials at the Hawks claim Nene has agreed to testify against Gordhan his legal team say they have not received a formal written request from the Hawks.

When approached for comment, Nene said he was not at liberty to discuss the meeting and could not deny or confirm that it has happened.

Treasury insiders say it's unlikely that Nene will testify against Gordhan given their close relationship dating back to when Nene served as his deputy between 2009 and 2014

It's understood the Hawks also approached former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula to be a state witness but he declined the request.

The crime fighting unit has come under criticism for the way in which it has handled the case against Gordhan.

The National Prosecuting Authority says there are no instructions at this point to prosecute Gordhan for his alleged role in the spy-unit.