Magashula 'relieved' to have clarity on charges against him

The former Sars commissioner has been summonsed along with Finance Minister Gordhan and Ivan Pillay.

South African Revenue Services commissioner Oupa Magashula. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Sars Commissioner Oupa Magashula, who has been summonsed along with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, has told Eyewitness News that he's relieved that the uncertainty around the legal charges he faces has come to an end.

Magashula received a summons this morning along with Gordhan and former Deputy Sars Commission Ivan Pillay.

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The summons says they must appear in court on 2 November to respond to a charge of fraud relating to arrangements made for Pillay's pension.

Magashula asked not to be recorded.

He says the announcement means there is certainty around the charges and that this should no longer hang over the economy in the way that it has.

The former Sars commissioner gave a warning statement to the Hawks when it appeared they were investigating claims that Gordhan allowed an illegal unit to be set up within Sars while Gordhan was its commissioner.

But the three men have only been charged with fraud relating to Pillay's pension.

Magashula also says that he hopes this case can move ahead quickly so that the uncertainty doesn't continue.

(Edited By Neo Koza)