Cele, Mbalula on alleged SARS list

2010-02-26 13:11

NATIONAL police commissioner Bheki Cele and Deputy Police Minister

Fikile Mbalula are among those believed by ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema

to be targeted by the tax services, the Mail&Guardian reported today.

The weekly paper published a list with the names of 15 people, most

of them allies of President Jacob Zuma, apparently linked to Malema’s explosive

claim this week that SARS is targeting people close to the president.

It also includes Malema, Zuma’s spokesman Zizi Kodwa, businessman

and Zuma benefactor Vivian Reddy, Free State premier Ace Magashule,

KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize and the president’s nephew Khulubuse

Zuma.

Malema this week told eNews that intelligence officers had tipped

off the youth league about the alleged SARS “hit list” and said it was an

attempt to discredit people who supported the president.

He implied that finance minister and former SARS boss Pravin

Gordhan was behind the alleged campaign against Zuma allies.

The Mail&Guardian said Malema’s claims appear to be based on a

report circulated by a disgruntled former SARS employee.

The ANCYL leader’s outburst came a few days after Sunday newspapers

reported that he was involved in companies that had won about R140 million’s

worth of government contracts and published details of his lavish

lifestyle.

The Mail&Guardian said it brought to the fore suspicions in the

ruling party about Gordhan’s role in trying to curb the patronage networks

fuelling ANC power struggles.

Gordhan in his Budget speech last week spoke of SARS’ intentions to

use lifestyle audits to curb tax evasion.

The term has become a political football, with Congress of SA Trade

Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi endorsing the audits.

Zuma this week dismissed Vavi’s call and defended Malema’s right to

be a businessman and deal with government.


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