Pillay: Sars panel erred in matters of law, fact

2014-12-05 20:40

The panel appointed to investigate the allegations against some SA Revenue Service senior officials was mistaken, says suspended deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay.

"I note in the statement the commissioner released to the media, he refers to unlawful conduct that was found by the Sikhakhane panel," said Pillay today.

"I respectfully consider the panel to have erred in matters of law and fact and indeed I have indicated as much to the commissioner."

The panel was appointed by Pillay.

Sars commissioner Tom Moyane announced today that Pillay and group executive of strategic planning and risk Peter Richers had been suspended.

This followed the appointment of the panel to investigate allegations reported on in the media about Sars's special projects unit and its alleged illegal activities.

"I have... decided to suspend the following two senior executives pending a disciplinary process in terms of the Sars disciplinary code and procedure, and applicable labour laws including the Labour Relations Act," said Moyane.

However, Pillay said he served "with the pursuit of our democratic ideals," during his time at Sars.

"I look forward to the opportunity to challenge any allegation against me of unlawful conduct, misconduct and impropriety based on Sars policies.

"I have always acted to advance and promote the spirit and goals of our Constitution and I have endeavoured to adhere to the prescripts of the laws that underpin the Constitution."

Pillay said he would respond to the allegations against him at any formal forum chosen by Moyane.

Sars has been at the centre of reports over the last few weeks about an allegedly rogue intelligence unit that was set up in 2007.

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