South Africa: Gupta Hidden Hand Behind Gordhan ‘Arrest’ and How Zuma Could Be Co-Accused On SARS ‘Rogue Unit’ Case

The manoeuvre by the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority to arrest Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was exposed by one of the Gupta brothers in a business meeting over a week ago, Daily Maverick has learnt. The arrest of Gordhan, together with former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and the former SARS acting commissioner Ivan Pillay, is allegedly being plotted to enable another takeover of the National Treasury. But as part of the fightback by former high-ranking government officials, information has emerged that could implicate President Jacob Zuma in the development of intelligence capability at SARS. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

If Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and others, including former minister Trevor Manuel, are arrested, President Jacob Zuma might inadvertently be drawn into the case. Daily Maverick has established that Zuma, then deputy president, was at a training course for senior intelligence heads at the intelligence academy in Mahikeng in 2001 where the restructuring of the state intelligence services and co-operation between the agencies were discussed. Representatives of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Ivan Pillay and Gene Ravele (both have since left the tax authority), were at the meeting that Zuma addressed. Former SARS strategic planning risk group executive Peter Richer, who resigned…

Source: Daily Maverick.