SARS boss ‘must pro­vide re­ports’

The New Age (Free State) - - POLITICS - BONOLO SELEBANO

SA REV­ENUE Ser­vice (SARS) com­mis­sioner Tom Moy­ane was yes­ter­day hauled over the coals by Par­lia­ment for the de­lay in the re­lease of re­ports re­lated to the work of the rev­enue ser­vice’s chief of­fi­cer for busi­ness and in­di­vid­ual tax, Jonas Mak­waka.

Mem­bers of the par­lia­men­tary stand­ing com­mit­tee on fi­nance were not buy­ing Moy­ane’s as­ser­tion that SARS was will­ing to “bare its soul” through the re­lease of re­ports by an in­ter­na­tional law firm, com­mis­sioned by the ser­vice to probe Mak­wakwa’s re­turn to work at SARS.

The com­mit­tee threat­ened to is­sue a sum­mons to com­pel Monyane to re­lease the re­ports. It is for this that Monyane was given un­til Fri­day to pro­vide Par­lia­ment with the re­ports that placed Mak­waka’s fi­nan­cial deal­ings un­der scru­tiny.

Moy­ane yes­ter­day said Mak­waka had agreed to make his per­sonal tax in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the com­mit­tee.

Monyane read a let­ter from Mak­waka and said he agreed to di­vulge his per­sonal tax in­for­ma­tion.

“I’m giv­ing com­mis­sioner Tom Moy­ane per­mis­sion to in­voke Sec­tion 67(5) to di­vulge my tax au­dit re­port to the min­is­ter of fi­nance and the chair­per­son of the fi­nance stand­ing com­mit­tee, un­der the fol­low­ing con­di­tions, (that) no copy of such re­port can be pro­vided to any other per­son, (se­condly) any mem­ber of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee can only read the re­port in the pres­ence of the chair­per­son and the com­mit­tee, (thirdly) no pic­tures can be taken of the copy.”

Monyane was given un­til Fri­day to pro­vide Par­lia­ment with the re­ports that placed Mak­waka’s deal­ings un­der scru­tiny.

Mak­waka fur­ther stated that while he would oblige, he was not ob­li­gated to do so.

“I’m giv­ing this per­mis­sion on the ba­sis of trans­parency although there’s no le­gal ba­sis com­pelling me to do so. I do (not) per­mit my tax in­for­ma­tion to be used for any other pur­pose other than trans­parency, as my rights as a lay­man and tax­payer have been ex­tremely vi­o­lated by my per­sonal in­for­ma­tion be­ing made pub­lic.”

How­ever, par­lia­men­tary le­gal ad­viser Frank Jenk­ins told the com­mit­tee the Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act al­lowed Moy­ane fi­nan­cial to make avail­able pri­vate tax­payer in­for­ma­tion in or­der to safe­guard SARS’s rep­u­ta­tion and in­tegrity.

“It’s not for the tax­payer to give per­mis­sion, it’s for the com­mis­sioner to de­cide. There’s noth­ing in there about conditional dis­clo­sure,” he said.

Mak­waka was sus­pended last year on al­le­ga­tions of money laun­der­ing and was sub­se­quently re­in­stated. Mak­wakwa and his part­ner Kelly-Ann El­skie were al­leged to have re­ceived sev­eral sus­pi­cious de­posits into their per­sonal bank ac­counts. The re­ports in­ves­ti­gated Mak­waka’s fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions – as well as the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee that cleared him and El­skie.


CO­OP­ER­AT­ING: SARS com­mis­sioner Tom Moy­ane has come un­der fire over the re-em­ploy­ment of a top SARS of­fi­cial.

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