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ANC welcomes Magashula resignation

2013-07-13 14:23

Johannesburg - The ANC welcomed on Saturday the resignation of SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Oupa Magashula following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu commended Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for the "decisive action" he took in probing the allegations of impropriety and misconduct when they were initially levelled against Magashula.

"We respect [Magashula's] decision to relinquish his post in the face of controversy and place... the reputation and integrity of Sars and government broadly ahead of his own deployment interests," Mthembu said in a statement.

Gordhan previously ordered an investigation into allegations that Magashula offered a chartered accountant (CA) a job at Sars.

The investigation was conducted by retired justice Zak Yacoob and advocate Muzi Sikhakhane.

According to reports in March, Magashula allegedly offered a job to a CA, in a recorded telephone conversation facilitated by a Timothy Marimuthu who allegedly had influence over Magashula.

Gordhan said the reports raised questions about the integrity of staff recruitment processes at Sars, and he had appointed Yacoob and Sikhakhane to investigate.

Gordhan said on Friday he would instruct the Sars audit committee to investigate whether Magashula's behaviour breached any tax processes.

He would also appoint a committee to review Sars's governance and ethical standards, pertaining to the office of the commissioner.

Deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay was appointed acting commissioner until the appointment of a new head at Sars.

Comments
  • Nanty Ana - 2013-07-13 14:41

    One has to wonder just how many are at sars abd do not qualify for the positions they hold.

      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-07-13 14:57

      My feeling is that Oupa was set up/framed by the Zuma Regime... Zuma does not want anyone who is competent in any position to show him up---its calculated and because Oupa has integrity he resigned....Zuma could learn alot from this man!!!

      Musa Waka-Blitzkrieg Zwane - 2013-07-13 19:40

      Where does it say that he does'nt qualify? That is an amazing allegation.

  • Press Motlalekgotso Lefefa - 2013-07-13 14:46

    Going to join EFF!!!

  • Bryan Culross - 2013-07-13 15:02

    I hav put a question to Gordhan about whether Zuma will be taxed on the Nkandla gain .... ito the Tax Act any holder of an office is taxable on any gain that emanates from the holding of that office

  • Kuno Tschumi - 2013-07-13 15:02

    SA citizens would welcome the resignation of zoma and all his criminal ministers... now that would be a headline. its amazing how the corrupt criminals always welcome it when others take the fall, resign or get prosecuted.. just cleaning up their own mess is something they not very good at.

  • Truth.speak - 2013-07-13 15:06

    ANC not being consistent. What about John Block, mayor of Toklwe, Agriculture minister and JZ himself, why are they not resigning?

      JMaree - 2013-07-13 16:02

      No honour...

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-13 15:07

    Clever anc now fire zuma and the whole anc government also

      Jenny Webbe - 2013-07-14 08:45

      As if... ANC only fire honest people who do their jobs properly

  • Balasty Bkjm - 2013-07-13 15:13

    For a moment I thought it was Ace "Mugabe of Free State" Magashula.

  • Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-07-13 15:48

    Now Mr Mthembu tell us, when and where is he going 2 be redeployed?

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2013-07-13 16:03

    Looking at this guys replacement (acting substitute) and some of the new ministers appointed surnames, I wonder if they are any way family relations of the guptas. (or maybe they all hail from the same indian state, eastern Uttar Pradesh )

      Vinesh Moodley - 2013-07-13 18:04

      hahaha...poor old boertjie jannie...jealousy gnaws at him cos the guptas are fabulously wealthy. he thought apartheid will last forever and his job as senior manager at telkom with a grade 3 education will have him retire fabulously wealthy. just like the ng kerk its back to the drawing board for him.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-13 18:52

      Vinesh. Maybe you should consider the millions flowing from the Freestate coffers to foreign pockets. Nice knowing the poor and the taxpayers working for foreigners, even you yourself. What an idiot.

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-07-13 17:27

    WHAT government INTEGRITY,???? they don't have any INTEGRITY!!!!

  • Makhosonke Nkosi - 2013-07-13 18:12

    That is the job of me, you and all other dissatisfied citizens of SA

      ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-07-13 18:42

      what are you talking about makhosonke craphead????

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-13 18:49

    Next is the one that calls himself Ace. Squandering the peoples taxes on corrupt foreigners. Pathetic.

  • beezaa - 2013-07-13 19:12

    African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu commended Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for the "decisive action" he took in probing the allegations of impropriety and misconduct when they were initially levelled against Magashula.hooray now the R260m is still outstanding

  • Miles Willemse - 2013-07-13 20:30

    Why cant our President do the same resign with integrity and not bring the Party in disrepute (having a child out of wedlock) and not using a condom.

      Antonio Bandarass - 2013-07-13 21:11

      hahahaha,

  • Morris Macala - 2013-07-13 20:58

    Another well educated stupid with a membrane covering a corrupt brain.Shame to all those blacks who were luky to obtain Masters of Corruption at university of THEFT overseas.There r many in gvment dptment in high pstions

  • Jan Brand - 2013-07-14 07:35

    Born to steal and be a crook, it is in the genes. That you cannot change.

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