It's one thing to focus on SA's long-term prospects. Be careful not to miss the forest for the trees. But what's to be done when the forest suddenly goes up in flames? asks Ron Derby.
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"You are free to go." These were the words of Acting Judge Anthony Millar as charges were officially withdrawn against three former senior SARS officials in the so-called "rogue unit" saga.
In reaching her finding that SARS had established an unlawful intelligence service that conducted illegal spying operations, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane ignored crucial evidence that presented a far different version of events.
Three former South African Revenue Service senior officials are expected back in the dock of the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
The former SARS executive at the centre of the "rogue unit" saga, Johann van Loggerenberg, says he has recorded phone calls and emails that prove EFF leader Julius Malema had asked for help with his tax affairs through his attorney at the time.
EFF president Julius Malema, through his attorney, once approached the former SA Revenue Service executive at the centre of the "rogue unit" saga, Johann van Loggerenberg, for help with his tax affairs.
The inspector-general of intelligence's (IGI) report into the SARS investigative unit was the basis on which all other adverse findings against SARS was made. But court papers now reveal how the IGI was handed evidence which was never considered.
A secret and disputed report by the Inspector General of Intelligence slams the creation of an investigative unit in the SA Revenue Service and and broadly mirrors similar Public Protector findings.
Yusuf Kajee was the most outspoken of a group of independent cigarette manufacturers. He was also the first person to expose the attack on me, and later on SARS, for what it was, in emails which he sent to various media houses in 2014.
Three former SA Revenue Service officials charged with offenses relating to the bugging of the National Prosecuting Authority’s offices in 2007 are still battling to get access to the full police docket, and will now take the matter to the high court.
The National Prosecuting Authority has explained its refusal to fully disclose the docket against three former top SARS officials in the "Project Sunday Evenings" case – denying that it has anything to hide.
Retired Colonel Johannes van Loggerenberg has rubbished claims that deals were offered to implicate former police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni in a criminal case against controversial businessman Thoshan Panday.
The State's case against three former SARS officials has been postponed to February next year, to allow for new NDPP Shamila Batohi to review the decision to prosecute.
Explosive recordings of a meeting between former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane and two members of the SARS 'rogue unit' in early 2015 have revealed that Moyane knew fact from fiction from the very beginning.
Julius Malema has denied that he asked for help with his taxes or that he accepted the South African Revenue Service's version of events regarding the so-called "rogue unit".
A trove of intelligence, documents and other datasets handed to the inspector-general of intelligence by the former head of SARS’s investigations unit in 2014, and which allegedly proves the extent and scope of the conspiracy against the taxman, has been lost.
The secret and disputed report by the inspector-general of intelligence into the SARS investigative unit which was released by the EFF this week is a "travesty", says former deputy commissioner of SARS Ivan Pillay.
The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has apologised to the SA Revenue Service and any of its employees who may have been harmed by FITA's members, saying the association was building a "new relationship" with the tax agency.
Three former SARS officials accused of being part of a project to bug the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in 2007 have agreed to a request by prosecutors to postpone their case to later this year.
Former SARS enforcement executive Johann van Loggerenberg has reacted to bombshell testimony by retired Judge Frank Kroon that the 'rogue unit' was in fact lawfully established.
Auditing firm KPMG SA has come under intense scrutiny for its role in authoring the SARS 'rogue unit' report. Now further questions have arisen around conflicts of interest when they took up the brief.
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