A 2009 plot detailing how to “expose” and “take care of” then South African Revenue Service (Sars) boss Pravin Gordhan, former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay, former group executive Johan van Loggerenberg, and “a host of other significant individuals” in Sars’ National Research Group (NRG) appears to be in full flow.
Project Broken Arrow names President Jacob Zuma as the “Old Man” who was to receive a report of the NRG – which has been accused of being a “rogue unit” in some media – for perusal.
The report would be handed to Zuma by former Sars head of customs Leonard Radebe, who quit in 2008 before he could face a disciplinary inquiry for possibly issuing a false settlement agreement in the Dave King saga.
Former NRG member Mike Peega – arrested for rhino poaching in 2008 – is identified in Project Broken Arrow as the instigator who had “intentions to merge with other individuals” such as Radebe, Mabheleni Ntuli and Bizoski Manyika – all former disgruntled employees – in order to target Gordhan and the others.
Pillay, Peter Richer, Van Loggerenberg, Yolisa Pikie and Adrian Lackay are just some who have resigned or were pushed out from Sars since the appointment of Tom Monyane as commissioner.
“We state once again, for the record, allegations that a particular unit in Sars was unlawful and illegal, operated front companies including a brothel, spied on taxpayers and entered into illegal settlements for tax disputes, gave certain taxpayers preferential treatment, infiltrated taxpayers, broke into homes and planted listening devices and the like, are all false and unsubstantiated,” the five said in a Sunday statement refuting a report by KPMG that the NRG operated as a rogue unit.
Project Broken Arrow would also be supported by “key and powerful figures who were not happy [sic] with JZ’s appointment of functionaries in government key positions, notably the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan”.
Yesterday the Mail & Guardian online reported Gordhan had slammed the KPMG report.
The Sunday Times has already had to apologise to Gordhan over the persistent “rogue unit” claims.