Inside SARS "rogue" unit


Inside SARS

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.

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Keywords:
Sars
disciplinary hearings
Johann van Loggerenberg
Ivan Pillay
"Skollie" Janse van Rensburg
Rogue Unit
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Submitted by : Paul Kirk on 2018-05-02 17:31:58
The "super-secret equipment" referred to is a farce – all of it. ALL of it can be bought over the counter or on the internet by anyone.

Editor's Note
That might be true, but this lot came from US government sources. And while it was supposed to go to SARS customs officlals at border posts, did it all go there? Was it used legally to intercept private conversations; i.e. did the users have the necessary warrants? Was this the equipment used to "bug" the NPA offices? What equipment was used for the now notorious "spy tapes"?
 
Submitted by : Michael Mac Carthy of ROOI ELS on 2018-04-29 16:25:27
Noseweek, you have been well and truly suckered. What a load of bollocks

Editor's Note
We were not "suckered" by anyone. Noseweek recently came upon copies of the 2015 disciplinary hearing charge sheets in a bundle of documents "discovered" (Handed over) by SARS in another, totally unrelated criminal trial that we are investigating. Whether the charges contained in them are valid or not, we thought they provide interesting context for the criminal charges last month brought against Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and "Skollie" Janse van Rensburg. As simple as that: no plot, no conspiracy. What does have me intrigued, however, is Van Loggerenberg's claim that he resigned rather than defend the disciplinary charges because, had he challenged them "it would have the unimtended consequence of also exposing other aspects concerning the state not relevant to my matter." He added that a senior State Security Agency representative that he had consulted felt the country "couldn't afford more scandals".br /
What was that all about? What serious state scandal/s is he hiding? Was that comment a loaded threat to his bosses and the prosecuting authorities?br /
There is a great deal more to this story than meets the eye.

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