Report: NPA dropping Sars investigation charges against Gordhan

A media report suggests the Hawks’ case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has run aground.

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

JOHANNESBURG - It's emerged that the Hawks' case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has run aground, as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is allegedly standing down on charging him.

The City Press is reporting that Hawks officials are appealing to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to intervene in the matter.

It's understood the officials want Nhleko to ask Justice Minister Michael Masutha to convince NPA head Shaun Abrahams to pursue a case against Gordhan.

The finance minister and other former South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials are being investigated in connection with an illegal spy unit set up at the revenue service during Gordhan's time as commissioner.

The paper is reporting that Abrahams told Hawks investigators to find more evidence against Gordhan before he could charge him.

It's understood officials at the Hawks and NPA have been meeting over the past three weeks to discuss the matter, but there have allegedly been differences in opinion on the matter.

But the NPA has rubbished the claims, saying a decision on whether to prosecute any person with regards to the case would only be taken by its head of Priority Crimes Litigation Unit Torie Pretorius, in consultation with advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi.

The Hawks have also denied the reports, saying the unit's head Berning Ntlemeza has not requested Nhleko to intervene in the matter.