Makwakwa resigns as Sars Deputy Commissioner

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The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has confirmed that its Deputy Commissioner Jonas Makwakwa has resigned effective immediately.

On Tuesday, Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane told Parliament that Makwakwa had finally agreed to disclose his tax return report, but only to the House and the Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Makwakwa was reinstated to his position in 2017 after he was suspended following an internal disciplinary inquiry into his conduct.

Makwakwa’s alleged to have misled Sars with regards to declarations of interest in the appointment of National Integrated Credit Solutions as one of eight debt collectors to recover debt owed to Sars.

Addressing the media in Pretoria, Moyane said Sars was fully co-operating with the Financial Intelligence Centre in its investigation into Makwakwa’s alleged tax irregularities.

Tom Moyane says, “The FIC submitted the investigation report during the course of May 2016. I engaged with the FIC with the need to cooperate with each other regarding investigations into allegations of corruptions, money laundering and a possible violation of tax status against Makwakwa.”

“The FIC submitted the report to the Hawks and the Hawks commenced with a criminal investigation. This criminal investigation is ongoing and Sars is fully cooperating with it. It must be noted Sars did not receive then the much-needed assistance and this process took longer than anticipated.”

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