The South African Revenue Service paid R8.5 million in restraint-of-trade settlements to three former executives who left during the furore over the so-called “rogue” spy unit.

Former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay was paid R3.9m and for group executive for strategic planning Peter Richter R3.77m.

They were implicated in the setting up of the investigative unit‚ suspended in December 2014 and resigned in May last year after a long disciplinary inquiry. Terms of their packages were not disclosed at the time.

The annual report of the tax authority tabled in Parliament Wednesday revealed that an additional R858‚723 was paid in a six-month restraint-of-trade settlement with former head of tax and customs enforcement Gene Ravele‚ who resigned in May 2015 ahead of a threatened suspension‚ also related to the investigative unit.