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‘It is not just about Pravin and Pillay’

Former Sars officials Ivan Pillay, front right, and Johann van Loggerenberg, front left, arrive at the Hawks office in Pretoria for questioning last month. File picture: Phill Magakoe

Former Sars officials Ivan Pillay, front right, and Johann van Loggerenberg, front left, arrive at the Hawks office in Pretoria for questioning last month. File picture: Phill Magakoe

Published Aug 25, 2016

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Pretoria - Today was a defining day in South African history when people fighting corruption were subjected to fabricated charges and political vendetta, Mark Heywood of Section 27 said.

Heywood was speaking outside the Hawks offices in Pretoria, where former Sars officials Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg have arrived for questioning.

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They have been ordered to report to the Hawks amid threats of criminal action relating to allegations of an alleged “rogue unit” at Sars. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was also summoned and indicated he would not appear.

Heywood arrived with Advocate George Bizos and retired Constitutional Court Judge Johan Kriegler, who said they were supporting the pair because the charges against them were baseless.

“It is not just about Pravin and Pillay, but about how we fight corruption in this country,” Heywood said.

“I find it hard that they are summoning them for reasons on the same day that the Minister of Transport is trying to close an investigation into a Prasa deal which involves millions of rand. It shows their priorities or lack thereof.”

Members of Section 27 are demonstrating outside the building.

It is unknown how long Pillay and Van Loggerenberg will be in the hearing for.

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