NPA asks for postponement in SARS 'rogue unit' case: May drop charges

NPA asks for postponement in SARS 'rogue unit' case: May drop charges

- The National Prosecuting Authority will be asking for a month's postponement in the SARS 'rogue unit' case

- Boss Shamila Batohi will be using this time to consider recommendations that the case be dropped

- A review panel had found there is 'no prospect' of a positive prosecution in the matter

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The Pretoria Magistrate's Court will be asked by the NPA to postpone prosecution against three former SARS executives.

City Press reports that this will allow Shamila Batohi time to consider the recommendations of a review panel she tasked with exploring the prospects of a successful outcome in the matter.

The panel, headed by advocate George Baloyi, had put forward that there are no chances of 'positive prosecution' against Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg.

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The trio will now have to wait to know whether or not they will be facing trial for their implication in criminal activities relating to the unit.

News24 reports that an insider with knowledge of the panel's recommendations has commented:

“The prosecutors have asked for more time to allow advocate Batohi time to peruse the recommendation.”

The entity's spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke commented on the situation, saying that:

"The SARS matter you refer to will be postponed. I am not in a position to respond to the rest of your inquiry, it’s premature. Like we did with the previous review by the NDPP [National Director of Public Prosecutions], we will communicate on the relevant details and the decision when the process is complete.”

Bernand Hotz, who represents the accused in the matter, said that he had made it clear that no charges were meant to be laid against his clients. reported that Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, had released a classified intelligence report in which the activities of the unit were dubbed unlawful.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is also implicated in the matter, with the covert report calling for criminal prosecution against the politician.

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