Vavi’s Twitter comments on tax ‘unfortunate’ – Sars

2013-10-23 10:43

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

It was unfortunate that suspended Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi discussed his tax affairs on social networking platforms, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) has said.

“Sars seeks to apply the tax and customs laws it administers with fairness, in a transparent and even-handed manner without any external influence,” spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

“No single person in Sars can decide who to investigate, who to audit, who to settle tax debts with and who not to ... There is absolutely no legal basis for Sars to target any taxpayer for political reasons.” Lackay was responding after comments made on Twitter over Sars investigating Vavi, saying Sars would not make public comments on Vavi’s tax affairs. A Twitter user suggested that President Jacob Zuma would stick his “dogs Sars” on Vavi if he continued opposing e-tolls in Gauteng. Vavi tweeted:

Twitter user @NangamsoMazelem replied to Vavi, saying:   Vavi replied: At around 2.51pm yesterday Vavi tweeted:

Lackay said it was unfortunate that people turned to social media platforms to speak about their taxes.

“It is unfortunate that high profile public figures in this country use social media platforms to try and conjure up conspiracies about their tax positions,” he said.

“Any taxpayer is legally entitled to raise any tax issue directly with SARS at any level of the organisation in order to resolve a tax dispute.”

He said there were far more constructive and preferred ways to raise tax issues than making public statements to the media.

Lackay said Sars interacted with more than two million taxpayers every year through various methods of communication.

In August, Cosatu placed Vavi on special leave after he said he had an affair with a colleague.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

6 myths about male cancer
Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.