The Democratic Alliance (DA) says SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane’s decision to open a case against journalist Jacques Pauw appears to lack merit.
The South African Revenue Service has confirmed that it has opened a case against investigative journalist Pauw in the High Court in Cape Town. Pauw’s book ‘The President’s Keepers’ has caused a stir about an alleged corrupt relationship between SARS Commissioner, Tom Monyane and President Jacob Zuma.
SARS says Pauw has contravened the Tax Administration Act by publishing confidential information.
DA shadow deputy minister of finance Alf Lees has described Moyane’s decision as futile an intimidation tactic.
“We are surprised that Mr Moyane has taken a step of laying charges against Jacques Pauw. It seems to be more of a quesion of SARS and Mr Moyane trying to intimidate people who have public interest information from making that information available and that sort of intimidating tactic is not going to work,” says Lees.
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