Pretoria - Three former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials, including former acting Commissioner Ivan Pillay have vowed to challenge the decision of the State to deny access to evidence linking them to the “Rogue Unit”.
Pillay, Andries Janse van Rensburg and Johann van Loggerenberg made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court charged with various counts of corruption including allegations of having been part of a “rogue unit” which allegedly spied on various high profile politicians.
Their court appearance was brief after their legal counsel, Advocate Laurance Hodes, lodged an official complaint that his clients were still denied access to important documents related to the allegations against them.
“During my client last court appearance on August 23, we made a formal application to force the State to release certain documents to them. We then visited the prosecution offices on October 2. During our visit there, we were only allowed to view certain documentation,” Hodes said.
He said the prosecution promised them that they would release those documents prior to Thursday’s appearance but had failed to do so.