According to the Hawks, Pravin Gordhan faces three criminal charges

Warning statements were taken from former SA Revenue Services officials Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg when they spent more than four hours with the Hawks yesterday morning.

However, reliable sources said no charges were put to the two men in relation to the investigation into a so-called rogue intelligence unit within SARS, nor were they given court dates for possible appearances.

The duo’s legal counsel Robert Levine said: “My clients consider the allegations to be baseless. They will be following due process in accordance with their rights.”

Scores of activists came to show their support for the Sars officials, including members of Section 27, the Helen Suzman Foundation, Right2Know, AfriForum and Corruption Watch.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has refused to bow to the Hawks, saying he had no criminal charge to answer and pleaded to be given the space to do his job.

The Hawks letter sent to Gordhan stated that he was facing three criminal charges, including setting up an investigation unit within SARS, which gathered, collected and evaluated intelligence.

The Hawks' latest attempt to close in on the trusted finance minister sent the rand to a three-week low.