Drug lord brought down tax boss - report

2013-07-14 07:52
Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula. (Photo: Danielle Karallis)

Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula. (Photo: Danielle Karallis)

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Cape Town - Convicted drug dealer and apartheid policeman Panganathan "Timmy" Marimuthu brought down disgraced tax boss Oupa Magashula after a series of dodgy meetings erupted into a jobs-for-pals scandal, the Sunday Times reported.

Magashula, the South African revenue Service commissioner, resigned this week after an inquiry found he had lied about his relationship with Marimuthu – who was convicted of dealing in Mandrax in 1992. Marimuthu appealed his three year sentence but lost. He has however never served the sentence.

The Sunday Times reported that Magashula's relationship with Marimuthu began in 2010 when then police-chief Bheki Cele introduced them to each other at a party at the home of KwaZulu-Natal businessman Vivian Reddy. Cele was axed last year after a scandal broke over the leasing of new police headquarters.
Jobs-for-pals allegations

The relationship between Magashula and Marimuthu has been scrutinised for some time, since recordings surfaced of dealings between the two men related to a job offer to one of Marimuthu's contacts, which were reported on in City Press in March this year.

According to the newspaper, Sars officials at the time acknowledged the authenticity of the recordings, but denied any wrongdoing on Magashulu's part.
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