EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu.Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency/ANA

Cape Town - The EFF have upped the ante against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, demanding that he answer questions related to his stint as the SA Revenue Services commissioner and while he was finance minister.

The questions, penned by EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu, relate to the establishment of the "Rogue Unit" which the Nugent Commission, probing Sars, found had not existed.

Defenders of former president Jacob Zuma, and suspected tobacco smugglers have for years been trying to show that the "Rogue Unit" was an illegal entity, spying on suspected tax fraudsters.

The EFF's letter comes after party leader Julius Malema last month blamed Gordhan for the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank.

Some of the worst-performing municipalities in Limpopo and the North West had deposited R1,5 billion into the bank which, an investigation by the SA Reserve Bank found had been used as a piggybank by the bank's owners with payoffs to politicians and their acolytes.

One of these was the younger brother of Shivambu, Brian, who allegedly received R16 million from the bank.

Political Bureau