Parliament’s standing committee on finance has criticised South African Revenue Service Commissioner Tom Moyane for allowing senior official Jonas Makwakwa to return to work. Committee chairperson Yunus Carrim told Moyane that there was a strong perception that Makwakwa is being protected.
Makwankwa was reinstated as SARS’ chief officer for business and individual taxes earlier this month.
He’d been suspended for more than a year after the Financial Intelligence Centre had red-flagged suspicious payments into his bank account and that of his girlfriend.
However, Moyane says following the allegations against Makwakwa, SARS had appointed international law firm Hogan Lovells to investigate.
“An independent chair was appointed. I had no role as to what needs to be done. The process took more than a year. When the results came and I applied my mind based on what they said and I said this is the right way to go,” says Moyane.