SARS commissioner Tom Moyane reportedly instructed a witness to “feign illness” and not report for an interview scheduled with KPMG in 2015.
This is according to former SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay, who filed an explosive affidavit sent to the National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Shaun Abrahams on Monday.
“The effect thereof was that material facts known to Mr [Hendrick] Lombard were omitted in the KPMG report including‚ inter alia‚ ‘Sunday Evenings’‚” the letter states‚ regarding the allegation of Moyane’s interference.
Lombard was one of two whistleblowers linked to operation Project Sunday Evenings‚ a project allegedly established to spy on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Pillay’s letter follows after an announcement by the NPA stating it plans to revive their case against the so-called SARS “rogue unit”.
Pillay and former tax officials Johann van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg were served summons on Friday and have denied any wrongdoing. The charges could be related to an alleged payment of R100‚000 in cash to “rogue unit whistleblower” and fellow SARS employee Lombard.
The trio are set to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court on April 9 for allegedly contravening the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.