New national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi starts work in February and making a call on whether the so-called SA Revenue Service (Sars) rogue unit case should go ahead will be one of her first big decisions. Former top Sars official Johan van Loggerenberg has indicated in court documents that he wants Batohi, who was in December appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the permanent head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), to consider his representations on why the case cannot stand. His lawyers are seeking a number of documents from the Sars, which they are expected to use in making their argument that the state has no reasonable prospect of successfully proving its case. Sars was on Wednesday unable to comment on this request. Meanwhile, acting NPA head Silas Ramaite has defended the prosecutors who decided that Van Loggerenberg, former Sars officials Ivan Pillay and Andries Janse van Rensburg should be charged with the illegal interception of communicat...

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