South African Revenue Services Commissioner Tom Moyane on Friday appointed Firdous Sallie as Acting Chief Officer for Business and Individual Tax (BAIT) and Tau Mashigo as Acting Chief Officer of Digital Information Services and Technology (DIST).
In a previous statement it was said that Moyane had been handed a preliminary report allegedly stating that Makwakwa has been receiving “suspicious and unusual payments” in his account between 2010 and 2016. On Thursday, he suspended Makwakwa with immediate effect. The reports received by Moyane was not just about Makwakwa receiving money but also Kelly-Ann Elskie.
The National Treasury said “public confidence and transparency are critical in order to be seen to be doing the right thing in this matter.”
Moyane said since receiving the report on Makwakwa he has been “Engaging the Director of Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC)” with regards to their “legislative mandate to assist, advise and guide” them in the investigation into the published allegations against Makwakwa and Elskie”.
After a lack of co-operation from the FIC, Moyane raised this issue to the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan on Monday and provided the minister with “detailed information” on the sequence of events.
Moyane said the newly appointed Sallie who has been at SARS since 2009 and Mashigo that joined SARS in 2007 has great wealth in their respective fields and had respective previous roles within the organisation.
SARS has appointed an independent international law firm and will investigate these serious allegations.