Breaking News: SARS Suspends Its Chief Officer Jonas Makwakwa

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South African Revenue Service (Sars) chief officer for business and individual taxes Jonas Makwakwa has been suspended over suspicious and unusual payments into his accounts of R1.2m between 2010 and 2016.

This was revealed in a recently released letter from the service chief Tom Moyane to service staff.

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Moyane said Makwakwa has been suspended as investigations continue regarding financial transactions into his personal bank account.

“I would like to assure all of you that when this matter was brought to my attention, Sars took all the reasonable steps within our policies to engage with the matter.”

“I believe Sars has followed the correct procedure in terms of our policies when it comes to such serious allegations of misconduct. I have today, 15 September 2016, issued Mr Jonas Makwakwa with a suspension letter pending the investigation,” he said.



Investigative report has it that banking regulator found about R1.2-million in mystery payments found its way to Makwakwa’s bank account

Moyane received this on May 17 this year, around the same time criminal complaints were laid with the police. He however, took action this week after meeting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday and after DA MP David Maynier asked uncomfortable questions about the matter in Parliament.

Moyane went on to appease staff by saying he addressed the matter immediately he got information about the investigation.

“I would like to assure all of you that when this matter was brought to my attention, Sars took all the reasonable steps within our policies to engage with the matter. This included providing both officials with the opportunity to respond to the allegations. I believe Sars has followed the correct procedure in terms of our policies when it comes to such serious allegations of misconduct.”

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While investigation goes on, Mail & Guardian reported that there are possibilities that Moyane would face up to 10 years in jail if a high court finds him guilty of contravening his obligations in terms of section 34(2) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities (Precca) Act.

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