SARS refutes Makwakwa disciplinary claims

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The South African Revenue Services (SARS) says reports alleging that there has been impropriety on the part of Commissioner Tom Moyane in dealing with the disciplinary investigation into Chief Officer of Business and Individual Taxes, Jonas Makwakwa are incorrect.

SARS says this is a blatant misrepresentation of facts aimed at harming the integrity of the organisation.

Makwakwa was suspended while under investigation for a number of suspicious transactions flagged by the Financial Intelligence Centre.

He was reinstated this month after being cleared of all charges following a disciplinary hearing.

SARS’s Luther Lebelo says, “He felt yesterday that it is important to clarify to the people of SA that this insinuation by the media is not true. The process that was followed for the disciplinary of Mr Makwakwa was one of the most independent processes. Secondly, to demonstrate that the investigation on Mr Makwakwa was done by an independent global firm, and the hearing was chaired by one of the most senior council from the Johannesburg bar and the outcome of that process was an outcome of an open process.”

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