Let 'spy' investigation do its work - Sars

2014-11-09 14:30
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Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Service (Sars) on Sunday urged that an independent investigation be allowed to complete its work into allegations of spying by the organisation's intelligence unit.

"The panel of investigation must be allowed to conclude its work independently and present its findings to Sars," said spokesperson Adrian Lackay.

"Until such time it would be inappropriate for Sars to make public statements on the matter at this time."

He said the panel headed by advocate Muzi Sikhakhane - had been tasked to investigate "whether there were breaches in law from the actions of any current or former Sars officials, including the illegal interception and monitoring of communications".

The Sunday Times published a number of details about the dealings of the Sars special projects unit, which was later renamed the national research group.

Allegations included that a brothel had been set up in Durban as a cover for officials working from home, that taxi hitmen, druglords, cigarette and abalone smugglers, Sars officials and politicians were among those watched, and that some Sars officials were infiltrated into the ANC as bodyguards.

The newspaper cited internal memos and documents drafted by members of the unit as its source.

Last month, the newspaper reported that members of the Sars unit - originally established in 2007 - had bugged President Jacob Zuma's private Johannesburg home.

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