Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has filed a notice of intention to oppose an application by the SA Revenue Service to stop her accessing the tax records of former president Jacob Zuma
"[She] filed a notice to oppose. The answering affidavit will be filed soon," said her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe on Monday afternoon.
Earlier on Monday Business Day reported that the tax agency had launched an urgent court bid to prevent Mkhwebane from getting the former president's tax information. In October, Mkhwebane issued a subpoena to obtain Zuma's taxpayer information, the publication reported.
As Fin24 reported, Mkhwebane is investigating a 2017 complaint from the DA that Zuma allegedly received undeclared money from a security company during (at least) the first four months of his presidency.
The claim was made in investigative journalist Jacques Pauw's book The President’s Keepers, which alleged that Zuma received R1m a month from Royal Security, a company owned by Roy Moodley. Pauw wrote that neither Zuma, nor Moodley, declared these payments to SARS.
- Additional reporting by Jan Cronje