18 September 2017

South Africa: SARS Vs KPMG - a Tale of Two Four-Letter Words


So deep are the divisions between some of those in government and some of those in the ANC, and so desperate are the attempts to gloss over them, that if your head is spinning, it's not you, it's them. On Monday morning SARS and its commissioner, Tom Moyane, publicly criticised, rebuked and attacked the auditing firm KPMG for repudiating its own report on what we could now call the "non-rogue" unit at SARS. At around the same time, the ANC, through its study group in Parliament, rebuked KPMG for waiting so long to repudiate its own report. But the chair of that study group sat next to Moyane at his briefing. Huh? By STEPHEN GROOTES.

On Friday afternoon KPMG announced that it was changing the findings of its own report into the "non-rogue" SARS unit. The investigation had been started by an article in the Sunday Times newspaper. The KPMG report had given the impetus within SARS for a separate investigation by Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane. That report led Moyane to suspend then Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay, unit head Johann van Loggerenberg and senior executive Peter Richer. But Sikhakhane then immediately let it be known that he had made no findings...

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