The ANC faction wars continue in South Africa's intelligence and law enforcement services.
Confidential charge sheets drawn up by SARS in 2015 suggested that Ivan Pillay misled former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel and that the unit was illegal from the start. These and other charges contained in the documents have never been the subject of a public hearing.
Last month the priority crimes litigation unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) finally brought criminal charges against the spymasters who ran the infamous and much-denied “rogue” unit that operated within the South African Revenue Services. Here Noseweek can reveal the story of the unit’s chequered history as portrayed in the original charge sheets that were to have been the basis of disciplinary hearings that the unit's alleged architects, Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg faced in 2015.
These internal disciplinary charges were never tested because both former SARS Deputy Commissioner Pillay and investigations head Van Loggerenberg resigned rather than answer the battery of accusations against them.