MAMPARA OF THE WEEK

Tom Moy­ane

Sunday Times - - Opinion -

Now, we’re sick of him

This Mampara could have spared him­self the pub­lic em­bar­rass­ment by re­sign­ing when Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa asked him to. Now, it has emerged, in ad­di­tion to the charges he faces, he in­structed a SARS em­ployee, Hel­gard Lom­bard, to fake ill­ness and ab­sent him­self from a meet­ing with KPMG em­ploy­ees who were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the “rogue unit”. Lom­bard’s in­put may well have as­sisted KPMG in ar­riv­ing at a dif­fer­ent con­clu­sion. Lom­bard has told a court he was not sick and could have made him­self avail­able had Mam­para­yane not in­structed him to do oth­er­wise. Un­der this Mampara, SARS un­der­col­lected by R50-bil­lion, partly the rea­son why VAT had to go up to 15% and the fuel levy had to be in­creased. Don’t wait for the dis­ci­plinary process: just hit the road, Tom!

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