Moyane refuses to answer MPs' question on Sars 'rogue unit'

Sara commissioner Tom Moyane (Photo: Gcis)
Sara commissioner Tom Moyane (Photo: Gcis)

Cape Town – South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane on Tuesday refused to answer questions relating to a report on the so-called "rogue unit".

Moyane told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance that the KPMG auditor's report was finalised and in the possession of finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene.

Moyane appointed KPMG earlier this year to conduct a forensic investigation after the findings of Advocate Muzi Sikhakane's report revealed the operation of a rogue spy unit within Sars.

Moyane refused to answer any questions relating to the report, and said the report no longer formed part of the Sars's mandate.

The DA has indicated that it would request Nene to appear before the Committee at its next sitting "in order to table the full and uncensored KPMG report and to brief the Committee as to its findings".

In March, Moyane said the release of the Sikhakane report would be "prejudicial to the processes that are in place".

He did, however, give MPs a brief synopsis of the findings of the report, which included the "establishment, existence, and operation of the national research group and the high risk investigation unit".

According to Moyane, the unit operated in a covert manner and created a climate of intrigue, fear, and subterfuge within Sars.  It was also unlawful and without the requisite statutory authority, he said.

The committee was appointed last year to investigate the unit. Among the unit's alleged members was former acting commissioner Ivan Pillay and a number of senior officials.

Fin24 previously reported that as a consequence of the unit's investigations, action was taken against Zimbabwean businessman Billy Rautenbach, Glenn Agliotti and Dave King. Drug networks and abalone syndicates were also uncovered.

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