Ex-Sars boss ‘begged Zuma to sub­mit his tax returns’

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Nom­ahlubi Jor­daan

FOR­MER SARS deputy com­mis­sioner Ivan Pillay‚ while he was still in of­fice‚ begged Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to sub­mit his tax returns.

This is ac­cord­ing to Jac­ques Pauw in his book‚ The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers‚ in which he says Zuma failed to sub­mit his tax returns for the first five years af­ter he as­sumed of­fice.

“I have im­pec­ca­ble sources in SARS. Around 2011-2012‚ it was com­mon knowl­edge at SARS that Zuma had not sub­mit­ted tax returns‚” Pauw said on Ra­dio 702 yes­ter­day.

“This is also con­tained in doc­u­ments I have that re­fer to a meet­ing between then-act­ing SARS com­mis­sioner Ivan Pillay and Ja­cob Zuma in Fe­bru­ary 2014‚ at which Zuma was urged to please sub­mit his tax returns.” Pauw said Pillay begged the pres­i­dent to sub­mit his returns‚ and he told him he could not be treated dif­fer­ently.

“Less than a year later‚ the top struc­ture at SARS was gone. Ivan Pillay was gone, they were all gone. Tom Moy­ane took over SARS.”

Zuma has de­nied Pauw’s al­le­ga­tions.

“The pres­i­dency re­jects the al­le­ga­tions con­tained in me­dia re­ports, claim­ing wrong­do­ing by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in re­la­tion to some un­de­clared funds‚” pres­i­dency spokesman Bon­gani Ngqu­lunga said. In his book‚ Pauw says he dis­tin­guishes between the old SARS and the new SARS – the new SARS be­ing the regime of Moy­ane.

“It is pos­si­ble that af­ter Tom Moy­ane took power – re­mem­ber‚ he is a crony of Ja­cob Zuma – he helped Zuma to be tax com­pli­ant‚” Pauw said.

“Cer­tainly dur­ing the regime of the old SARS‚ Zuma did not want to sub­mit his tax returns‚ prob­a­bly be­cause he was scared about what SARS knew‚ and how they would re­act.”

The crux of his book‚ Pauw said‚ dealt with the de­struc­tion of the law en­force­ment agen­cies – in­clud­ing SARS and the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity.

“I do make a state­ment that at least as far as the de­struc­tion of SARS is con­cerned‚ it was cer­tainly to ex­on­er­ate Ja­cob Zuma and his cronies.”

Ac­cord­ing to Pauw‚ SARS is in fi­nan­cial cri­sis‚ not only be­cause of the eco­nomic cli­mate‚ but also be­cause of the de­struc­tion of in­ves­tiga­tive ca­pac­ity at the rev­enue ser­vice.

Re­fer­ring to his claim in the book that ANC pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had re­ceived money from self-con­fessed smug­gler Adri­ano Ma­zotti‚ Pauw said: “Ma­zotti is a very no­to­ri­ous per­son . . . the Zuma fam­ily runs like a golden thread through my book.”


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