Gordhan lashes auditing firm
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