On Thursday the 22nd of September, the communication team representing Minister of Finance, Mr. Pravin Gordhan, held a press conference at Boston Media House in Sandton.
The press conference was to be allocated to answering questions on multiple subjects but focusing on the complications and allegations made by the Hawks on a Rogue Unit created by the South African Revenue Service. This rogue unit was later identified and presented by the minister’s communications team, to be a ‘Special Investigations unit established to secure the effective enforcement of the laws set out in the SARS Act.’ When asked about the Book released by Exclusive Books detailing the SARS rogue unit, Sanele Nthuli, head speaker of the communication team, answered; ’We are not here to discuss the book, but my thoughts on the book is that it is really good and you should get it from Exclusive Books’.
The communication team then continued explaining that Mister Gordhan has cooperated entirely with the Hawks investigation, also providing a chronological timeline that highlighted the correspondence between the Hawks and Gordhan. When asked about the whereabouts of Gordhan, Sanele Nthuli, explained; ‘If Gordhan is not a suspect, legally speaking; he is not obliged to appear or to provide any statement since he is protected under section 35 of the constitution. The only way that Gordhan can be compelled to appear before the Hawks is if he is arrested.’
The investigation conducted by the Hawks concerning Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Special Investigation Unit started on Frebruary the 19th 2016, when the Hawks asked Gordhan to provide answers for 27 questions they had compiled and has been ongoing to date. The results of the investigation have yet to be released.