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Moyane: I feel secure as head of Sars

Moyane: I feel secure as head of Sars

The company was identified in the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) report that alerted SARS about some R1.2m in suspicious and unusual payments into Makwakwa's bank account and that of his partner, Kelly-Ann Elskie.

His sudden resignation will not stop a money laundering and corruption investigation against him.

Jonas Makwakwa, the chief officer for business and individual tax at the South African Revenue Service (Sars), resigned on Wednesday.

Makwakwa resigned on Wednesday as he was facing questions around a potential conflict of interest.

Business Day reported that the issue of Moyane's removal from the tax agency is set to be put to the Cabinet and that his departure is "imminent". "Due to the resignation being effective immediately, it serves no goal to proceed with this matter from an employment relations perspective". The investigation by Advocate Motau SC cleared Makwakwa of the charges levelled against him.

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He says while Makwakwa won't be investigated for his role in the awarding of a tender to a new debt collector, the circumstances which led to the contract are being scrutinised.

Sars then sought an outside legal opinion on the matter after Moyane took the decision to suspend Makwakwa pending an independent investigation into the allegations.

For the internal SARS probe, Moyane appointed law firm Hogan Lovells to "conduct an investigation into allegations of impropriety against Mr Makwakwa".

However, he was later reinstated, after two documents - an internal disciplinary report and a report by an worldwide law firm - cleared him of wrongdoing. Makwakwa's failure to uphold the moral and ethical standards required as a senior official at SARS has brought the institution into serious disrepute, subsequently damaging the long held credibility by citizens over the few months that the matter remained unresolved.


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