It emerged this morning that the former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and his then deputy Jabu Moleketi, have been served with subpoenas by the Hawks in what seems like the latest effort to close in on former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Manuela and Moleketi will have to provide affidavits explaining in great detail their role in establishing a South African Revenue Service (SARS) investigation unit.
It’s understood the investigation relates to the establishment of the SARS special projects unit and a specific project called Sunday Evenings.
The Hawks described ‘Sunday Evenings’ as being related to the installation of sophisticated surveillance equipment at the National Prosecuting Authority offices.
The investigation unit, established while Gordhan was SARS commissioner, was disbanded after reports of unit members involved in unsavoury conduct – such as spying on politicians and the operating of a brothel – emerged.
Manuel has confirmed that he has been subpoenaed to file an affidavit, but because he is out of the country he has referred the matter to his attorneys.
The Hawks have given him and Moleketi until Friday to submit the documents.
Former prosecutor and Scorpion Gerrie Nel is also implicated in the alleged bugging.