South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane has been labeled a national disgrace for allegedly allowing Sars to be captured by politically influential individuals who use forces outside the state for their own benefit.
These comments were made at the launch of the book Rogue in Pretoria on Thursday night as former Sars officials Adrian Lackay and Johan van Loggerenberg authored the book which solved the now discredited series of newspaper reports about the so-called ‘Sars rogue unit’.
At the book launch, Co-author Adrian Lackay said as Sars commissioner, Pravin Gordhan built a formidable public administration institution.
“We were proud to play a small role to the development of our country. All of that changed when this character, Tom Moyane, was appointed by Jacob Zuma to be the Sars commissioner,” he said.
Sipho Pityana, the Anglo Gold Ashanti chairman who was also present at the launch criticised Sars’ new leadership describing it as a house of shame where corruption has gained its root.
“Lehae la Sars is a house of shame. Its commissioner is increasingly emerging as a key figure in the state capture project. He is a facilitator of crime and corruption, and a national disgrace,” Pityana said as he accused the commissioner of allowing Sars to be captured and used by forces outside the state for their own benefit
Tom Moyane has been highly criticized for playing a part in the controversial capture of state-owned departments. Recently, the commissioner denied he was in breach of any law when he didn’t open a criminal case against official Jonas Makwakwa after evidence of suspicious transactions came to his attention.
This came after Corruption Watch alleged that Moyane was in breach of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act by not reporting the suspicious transaction in Makwakwa’s bank account to the authorities.
The Financial Intelligence Centre gave the Sars boss a report in May, which showed 75 transactions totalling more than R1 million in Makwakwa and his alleged girlfriend Kelly-Ann Elskie’s bank accounts.
While the case continues, Anglo Gold Ashanti chairman, Pityana said it’s up to South Africans to stop corruption.