An incredible piece of journalism by the Daily Maverick brings to light fresh evidence which shows that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) charges against Pravin Gordhan is a desperate political play, cooked up on poor research and the intimidation of SARS officials.
The paper reported on Thursday that the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL) brought an application to the High Court last week which reveals a dramatic twist.
It alleges that the NPA failed to take obvious evidence into consideration – and a SARS legal official was held hostage in a bid to intimidate him into relinquishing damning evidence.
The drama centers around SARS deputy director of law administration, Vlok Symington. In 2009, Symington supplied a written legal opinion on the early retirement of former deputy SARS commissioner, Ivan Pillay.
It shows that Gordhan, Pillay and former commissioner Oupa Magashula, were acting in good faith, on legal advice, when approving Pillay’s early retirement.
It means that there is little hope that the NPA could prove “intent” to commit fraud.
The full report can be read in detail on the Daily Maverick, but if you aren’t enticed yet, there’s more!
As we have said on a number of previous occassions, you cannot make this shit up. The Daily Maverick also alleges that there was a hostage situation where Symington was held against his will by Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, the Hawks’ lead investigator in the case against Gordhan. Xaba deamdned that Symington hand over documents with the legal comment meant for Moyane.
After hours of this drama, the documents were taken from Symington by force. He has reportedly opened up a case of kidnapping, intimidation, assault, robbery and theft at the Brooklyn charge office, according to the Daily Maverick.