Last week, as public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan testified before the Zondo commission, the question once again turned to whether there was, indeed, some unit that went “rogue” at the SA Revenue Service (Sars).

In essence three key issues have been at play: whether there was some sort of hidden investigative unit; and if so, whether it was established lawfully and what exactly it did. It seems timely and prudent to have a look — again — at what the evidence actually suggests...

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