Suspended Sars chief Jonas Makwakwa is currently feeling blue after his wife turned to the Gauteng High Court on Wednesday to divorce him.
As gathered, Anna Makwakwa marched down to the court with her lawyer, Selwyn Shapiro on Thursday morning – where her case was due to be heard. Her husband, who is the respondent in the case, did not attend the proceedings.
It is understood that the couple, who lived in Brooklyn, Pretoria, lost their marital bliss since 2013. Prior to his suspension, Makwakwa was the chief officer for business and individual Taxes and Digital Information Systems. His suspension came to light after it emerged that a huge sum of money – totaling R1.2 million was paid into his accounts between 2010 and 2016.
Sars chief Tom Moyane released his suspension letter to service staff in September after a public outcry on the suspicious transaction. Among the complaints were Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and DA MP David Maynier.
Gordhan, at that time, revealed that he first learned about the allegations against Jonas Makwakwa when he read about them in a Sunday newspaper. He also lamented that Makwakwa was allowed to remain in his post for four months after Sars commissioner Tom Moyane received a report detailing suspicious payments into his personal account.
Earlier this month, we brought you a report that Makwakwa’s girlfriend, Ms. Kelly-Anne Elksie, was suspended by Sars after it emerged that the tax chief allegedly deposited R450,200 into her bank account.
Reports say that apart from the money deposited into his lover’s account, Makwakwa also deposited R1.2m in various bank accounts – including a payment made on a Mercedes Benz C220 Bluetec, allegedly given to Elskie as a 27th birthday present.
Ms. Elskie was allegedly transferred from SARS’ anti-corruption and security division (ACAS) – where she worked as a personal assistant to the position of a junior consultant at the SARS in March last year with the help of Makwakwa.
It is understood that prior to her transfer and deposition of the money, Makwakwa was the head of two senior positions at Sars.