How City Press broke the Oupa Magashula story

2013-07-12 15:02

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Caught on tape: Tax boss and drug dealer

On March 24 City Press reported that SA Revenue Service boss Oupa Magashula was at the centre of a jobs-for-pals scandal involving a convicted drug dealer.

In a clandestine recording laced with sexual innuendo Magashula and Panganathan “Timmy’’ Marimuthu offered a 28-year-old woman from Marimuthu’s charismatic church a R700 000-a-year Sars post.

Magashule said Sars paid “much better” than KPMG (her employer at the time), was “probably even more professional than KPMG” and added that “My brother Timmy here says we can even find you a husband”.

Read the transcript of the recording here.

At the time, Sars officials confirmed the authenticity of the recording, but claimed their boss’ hands were clean and that Marimuthu had set him up.

The officials said the tape had been used by Marimuthu in a smear and blackmail campaign to force Sars to back off from a tax investigation against him.

The woman to whom the job offer had been made, Nosipho Mbashe, later told City Press she did not accept the offer as she was “not comfortable” with the way in which it had been made.

Read the full story here.

An investigation was subsequently announced.

Who is Timmy Marimuthu?

Read: Drug dealer gives R15m to church

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