The day Pravin Gordhan took on big (illegal) tobacco

Gordhan and his colleagues’ investigations of the illicit tobacco trade – which appears to involve top politicians and businessmen – is possibly the reason they’re being targeted now.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan must be wondering whether one of his old plans while he was in charge of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) – combating the illegal tobacco trade in South Africa – was worth it.

Because that is apparently where the nightmare he finds himself in now began.WhileGordhan will not be reporting to the Hawks this afternoon, it appears as if former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay, together with former group executives Pete Richter and Johan van Loggerenberg, will be knocking on Brigadier NyamekaXaba’s door, where they will be informed of their rights under the constitution and the charges against them.