The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has shot down reports that its executive Jonas Makwakwa was paid a bonus while on suspension.
“SARS finds it necessary to specifically clarify the deliberate misrepresentation of facts as this perpetuates a media-created narrative that SARS Commissioner‚ Tom Moyane‚ gives preferable treatment to Mr Makwakwa and conducts himself in a manner that contravenes the law‚” SARS said in a statement.
“SARS wishes to reiterate that‚ contrary to media reports‚ Mr Makwakwa was neither paid a bonus while on suspension nor was there any interference in the process of his suspension.”
Makwakwa and his girlfriend Kelly-Ann Elskie‚ also a SARS employee were suspended in September 2016 after large cash deposits into their bank accounts were flagged by the Financial Intelligence Centre.
However, Makwakwa claimed the money was from a taxi and stokvel business.
Makwakwa placed on suspension for a year while a disciplinary hearing chaired by Advocate Motau SC was conducted. Numerous problems were identified with the hearing‚ including that Makwakwa was not asked to answer to all the allegations against him.
On October 30‚ SARS announced he was cleared of wrongdoing and would be returning to work.