Gord­han lashes au­dit­ing firm

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

KPMG apol­o­gised for its 201415 SA Rev­enue Ser­vice (Sars) “rogue unit” re­port which er­ro­neously in­di­cated for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han knew about Sars’ “rogue unit”.

In a state­ment on KPMG’s “ad­mis­sions” yes­ter­day, Gord­han said: “Al­though I wel­come the with­drawal of the re­port, I am sur­prised by the scant re­gard shown for their role in the “cap­ture” of the Rev­enue Ser­vice and the huge dam­age that it has done to the liveli­hoods and rep­u­ta­tions of a very pro­fes­sional, hon­est and loyal group of pub­lic ser­vants.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that a com­pany with the stature of KPMG, with a re­spon­si­bil­ity and obli­ga­tion to be ob­jec­tive, has been found to be want­ing. This is ex­ac­er­bated by their col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Gupta fam­ily.

“So let me cat­e­gor­i­cally state, that which KPMG ought to have had the in­tegrity and hon­esty to state:

“The Re­search and In­ves­tiga­tive unit cre­ated in the SA Rev­enue Ser­vice was le­gal;

“Its ac­tiv­i­ties in de­tect­ing and com­bat­ting the il­licit to­bacco trade and other ef­forts aimed at bring­ing an end to tax eva­sion, were within the law;

“KPMG had no ba­sis, ex­cept sub­servience to a ma­li­cious Sars man­age­ment, to ma­lign a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als and fa­cil­i­tate, I re­peat, the cap­ture of a vi­tal state in­sti­tu­tion.

“The wit­ting and over-en­thu­si­as­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion of se­nior KPMG per­son­nel and their col­lu­sion with ne­far­i­ous char­ac­ters in Sars, in fact di­rectly con­trib­uted to “state cap­ture” and gave le­git­i­macy to the vic­tim­i­sa­tion of good, hon­est pro­fes­sion­als .... ” – Cit­i­zen re­porter

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