My hands are clean, claims Moy­ane

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG DODDS

SARS com­mis­sioner Tom Moy­ane has de­nied he broke the law by fail­ing to act against se­nior of­fi­cials al­leged to have re­ceived large sums in sus­pi­cious pay­ments, say­ing he was told the Hawks were al­ready in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter when he tried to re­port it.

Moy­ane hit back af­ter a week in which video ma­te­rial emerged show­ing Sars Deputy Di­rec­tor of Law Vlok Syming­ton al­legedly be­ing kept hostage by mem­bers of the Hawks in the pres­ence of the com­mis­sioner’s body­guard and he was warned in a let­ter from Cor­rup­tion Watch it would lay crim­i­nal charges against him for fail­ing to act against Jonas Mak­wakwa and Kelly-Ann El­skie.

Syming­ton has laid a com­plaint against the com­man­der of the Hawks’ crimes against the state unit, Nyameka Xaba, and col­leagues who ac­com­pa­nied him, af­ter they al­legedly as­saulted him and kept him in an of­fice against his will in an at­tempt to re­trieve an email which had been sent to him by mis­take.

The email is be­lieved to con­tain an opin­ion from Moy­ane’s lawyer ex­press­ing mis­giv­ings about charges against Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han for which he is to ap­pear in court on Wed­nes­day.

This came on top of a let­ter from Cor­rup­tion Watch di­rec­tor David Lewis in­form­ing Moy­ane he was obliged in terms of the Preven­tion and Com­bat­ing of Cor­rupt Ac­tiv­i­ties Act to have re­ported Mak­wakwa and El­skie to the Hawks af­ter he was fur­nished with a re­port from the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre (FIC) in May de­tail­ing sus­pi­cious cash de­posits into their ac­counts.

Lewis also said it was un­law­ful for Moy­ane to have told the two about the re­port from the FIC.

Moy­ane has been ac­cused of sit­ting on the re­port un­til last month, when he fi­nally sus­pended Mak­wakwa, who was his sec­ond in com­mand at the rev­enue ser­vice, and El­skie.

In a let­ter to Lewis he said he was aware of his le­gal obli­ga­tion to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice but, be­fore he could do so and “upon an en­quiry”, he was told it had al­ready been re­ferred to the SAPS in early June.

He had given them an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond.

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