The financial spokesperson to the Democratic Alliance David Maynier has called for an urgent meeting of Parliament’s standing committee on finance over the circumstances surrounding the investigation into the the unusual South African Revenue Service -SARS payments by its official Jonas Makwakwa.
SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane, assured the revenue service of taking all necessary and reasonable steps in suspending SARS Chief Officer of Business and Individual Tax, Jonas Makwakwa, who allegedly received “suspicious and unusual SARS payments” in the amount of R1.2 million between 2010 and 2016.
Receiving this report, DA’s Maynier called for a meeting as he believes the committee needed to interrogate SARS commissioner Tom Moyane and the head of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), Murray Michel as to why Makwakwa, the SARS chief officer took so long to be suspended.
Makwakwa was suspended last week on charges that he allegedly received suspicious payments amounting to R1.2m between 2010 and 2016.
DA’s Moyane however blamed the delay in taking action on the matter, which was reported to him in May, on the Financial Intelligence Centre, which, according to Moyane, refused to co-operate with SARS.
The party outlined a number of questions it wants the Parliament to investigate about the handling of the investigation into the “suspicious and unusual payments”, which needed to be investigated in Parliament,” Maynier said in a statement Monday. the questions include:
- On the FIC, we need to know:
- whether the FIC produced the report on “suspicious and unusual payments”;
- when, assuming the FIC produced the report, it was referred to SARS;
- whether, assuming the FIC produced the report, the report was referred to the SAPS, and if it was not referred to the SAPS, why it was not referred to the SAPS; and
- whether the FIC failed to cooperate with the investigation being conducted by SARS.
On SARS, we need to know:
- Why SARS failed to inform National Treasury about the suspension of Jonas Makwakwa;
- Why Kelly Ann Elskie, who is allegedly implicated in the “suspicious and unusual SARS payments ”, was not suspended by SARS;
- The scope and purpose of the investigation being conducted by international law firm Hogan Lowels on behalf of SARS; and
- Whether the report was referred to the SAPS, and if it was not referred to the SAPS, why it was not referred to the SAPS.
“What we need to know, most importantly, is why the serious allegations against Jonas Makwakwa, which may constitute a crime in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, do not appear to have been referred for further investigation to the SAPS (South African Police Service),” Maynier said,
“We have to be sure that the serious allegations against Jonas Makwakwa, concerning the suspicious and unusual SARS payments, are being properly investigated and will not be compromised by rivalry between the FIC, SARS and National Treasury,” he added as he calls on Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim, to schedule the urgent meeting.