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MPs grill Moy­ane on Mak­wakwa al­le­ga­tions

- KHULEKANI MAGUBANE Par­lia­men­tary Writer South Africa News · Corruption · Crime · Cape Town · Democratic Alliance (South Africa) · African National Congress · Denel · Greg Smith · Vincent Gregory

CAPE TOWN — South African Rev­enue Ser­vice (SARS) com­mis­sioner Tom Moy­ane was put on the spot in Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day when he was cor­nered into con­ced­ing that he has not met Hawks head Bern­ing Ntle­meza to dis­cuss damn­ing al­le­ga­tions against Jonas Mak­wakwa, the agency’s sec­ondin-com­mand.

Moy­ane has been em­broiled in the scan­dal over SARS’ so-called rogue unit, and he had ap­proached the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the le­gal­ity of the unit. He was part of a del­e­ga­tion from the state’s An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Task Team — en­com­pass­ing SARS, the Hawks, the de­part­ments of jus­tice and pub­lic ser­vice, as well as the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity — that ap­peared be­fore the stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts (Scopa) and re­vealed it had dealt with graft cases amount­ing to R10.5bn.

When Scopa mem­bers asked Moy­ane whether or not he and LtGen Ntle­meza had met to dis­cuss al­le­ga­tions of sus­pi­cious de­posits be­ing made into Mak­wakwa’s bank ac­count, Moy­ane said: “I have not met the gen­eral to present this mat­ter. This process will take place in line with the laws of SA.

“If we use the me­dia as a dis­trib­u­tor of in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic, we will al­low dan­ger­ous in­for­ma­tion to spread to the com­mit­tee, which is not true.”

The dis­cus­sion at Scopa then shifted back to the task team’s work. Ntle­meza said since 2014, 399 state of­fi­cials had been con­victed and 931 oth­ers were con­victed since 2010, when the task team was set up. A to­tal of 462 in­di­vid­u­als had been in­volved in cor­rup­tion. The amount in­volved in the cases probed since 2010 was R10.592bn.

“The to­tal num­ber of cases dealt with is 189. [Of these] 68 have been fi­nalised. Cases still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion are at 77. Se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion cases on the court roll are at 44,” Ntle­meza said.

How­ever, the pre­sen­ta­tion was thin on de­tail when it came to graft at state-owned en­ti­ties.

Scopa mem­ber and DA MP David Christie Ross asked Ntle­meza why there were no de­tails of cor­rup­tion probes at paras­tatals.

The Hawks’ Al­fred Khana said that the task team was busy with in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­volv­ing the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of SA and Denel.

Scopa chair­man Themba Godi said he was grate­ful for the lon­gawaited meet­ing, but com­mit­tee mem­bers were more scathing of the task team’s per­for­mance and ques­tioned why the Depart­ment of Per­for­mance Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion, the lead­ing agent, had not been present at the en­gage­ment.

Scopa mem­ber and ANC MP Vin­cent Gre­gory Smith said the task team had a 28% suc­cess rate.

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