Former SARS officials to appear in court over corruption charges

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Three former SARS executives are expected to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court on charges related to the so-called rogue unit in the Revenue Services that was allegedly set up to spy on the National Prosecuting Agency.

Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg face charges of corruption and contravention of the Rica Act.

The charges are linked to the alleged bugging of the NPA offices in 2007.

The charges against Pillay, Van Loggerenberg and Janse van Rensburg flow from the now discredited KPMG report into the alleged rogue unit at SARS.

Two counts appear on the summons, delivered to the three on Friday.

The counts are for the contravention of the Prevention and Combating of the Corrupt Activities Act and the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act.

The KPMG report addressed the alleged bugging of the NPA offices in a project called Sunday Evenings. But KPMG has since retracted parts of the report and refunded SARS the R23m it paid for it.  In a statement from their attorneys on Friday, the three emphatically denied the allegations against them.