13 March 2018

South Africa: Parliament - Humiliated Moyane, Know-Nothing Gigaba, No-Show Guptas & Zuma & Myeni

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Outside the South African Revenue Service (SARS) office in Cape Town (file photo).

It's "Kafkaesque" for MPs to be refused reports - already in the public domain - regarding the disciplinary acquittal of Jonas Makwakwa, the tax collector's Business and Individual Tax Chief Officer. He returned to work on 1 November 2017, following a year on paid suspension after the watchdog of dodgy financial transactions, the Financial Intelligence Centre, raised the red flag over mysterious payments into his bank accounts. After months of playing kick for touch with Parliament's finance committee, SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane on Tuesday was instructed to hand over those reports on Friday morning, and to answer questions next week. By MARIANNE MERTEN.

Daily Maverick Scorpio last week published the report of the disciplinary hearing that cleared South African Revenue Services (SARS) Chief Officer for Business and Individual Tax Jonas Makwakwa to return to work.

This raises serious questions about governance and accountability by the tax collector. While Makwakwa was suspended in the wake of a damning Financial Intelligence Centre alert over those mysterious ATM deposits totalling R1.7-million - it raised the spectre of tax evasion and other contraventions still under investigation by the Hawks - his disciplinary proceedings following an independent report by labour law firm Hogan Lovells focused...

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