Former top Sars official Johann van Loggerenberg has launched a legal campaign that could force the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to drop the so-called "rogue unit" case. Van Loggerenberg, who oversaw the management of the anticorruption unit, wants the court to force the state to consider dropping charges against him and two colleagues, for allegedly spying on the NPA. He is also asking that an urgent investigation be launched into the three senior prosecutors behind the charges. Former national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams, whose appointment by former president Jacob Zuma was ruled invalid by the Constitutional Court in August, had decided against withdrawing the "rogue unit" case. Van Loggerenberg wants that decision overruled and for a new NDPP — yet to be appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa — to make a fresh decision on whether they should stand trial. The rogue unit narrative has emerged as one of the most notorious episodes in claims of stat...

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