Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday informed the Hawks that he needs more time before responding to their questions regarding the alleged “rogue unit” at the SA Revenue Services (Sars).
They had given him until Wednesday to respond.
National Treasury sent media a legal letter that Gordhan’s lawyers, Gildenhuys Malatji, sent to the office of the national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, informing them of his intention to miss the deadline.
“He will respond in due course, once he has properly examined the questions and ascertained what information, of the information you request, he is able to provide,” the letter states.
Importantly, Gordhan wants to know on what authority the Hawks have to ask him these questions.
“We request the following information to assist him in preparing his response: On what authority do you rely on directing these questions to the Honourable Minister? Are you investigating any offence? If so, what is it?”