Yacoob to submit Sars inquiry report within two months

2013-04-03 14:49

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The inquiry into allegations of impropriety involving SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Oupa Magashula is set to be completed within two months.

Retired Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob, assisted by Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, would investigate whether there were any breaches of Sars processes or good governance.

This follows a City Press report in which Magashula, in a recording, appeared to have offered a job to an associate of a convicted drug dealer.

Magashula told the woman the SA Revenue Service paid very well and offered a variety of experiences.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay later confirmed the authenticity of the recording, in which Magashula and convicted drug dealer Panganathan “Timmy” Marimuthu allegedly offered the woman a job.

Lackay later told City Press the woman was never given a job at Sars.

Said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in a statement: “I took this step to ensure transparency and to protect the integrity of Sars which is a crucial fiscal institution that is highly respected within and outside South Africa.”

Yacoob and Sikhakhane would report on whether Marimuthu had any influence over Sars and Magashula, and advise on any appropriate remedies where breaches had occurred.

The report was expected to be submitted within two months, Gordhan said.

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