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ANC MP: Can KPMG Reports Still Be Trusted?

"I need to be a little bit concerned about what they are saying about their own reports."

19/09/2017 09:01 SAST | Updated 19/09/2017 09:01 SAST
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ANC MP Nyami Booi has apologised for attending a South African Revenue Service (Sars) briefing about the controversial KPMG report, after he was criticised for sitting alongside Sars commissioner Tom Moyane in an EFF statement, giving the impression that Sars is run by Parliament.

"It is puzzling why the parliamentary subcommittee on public accounts would send a representative to form part of Sars' pronouncements on the KPMG scandalous withdrawal of its own report," the statement asks.

"We are all, therefore, left to assume that Booi wanted to create an impression that, in the war between KPMG and Sars or even former employees of Sars who lost their jobs due to the KPMG report, Parliament is in support of Tom Moyane and Sars. This is dangerous and must be condemned with the contempt it deserves."

Booi responded in his interview on Talk Radio 702 this Tuesday morning, saying he sat in the front of the meeting because he "needed more information".

In the interview, Booi asked whether any other official KPMG reports could still be considered valid.

"And also, while I was listening there, I need to be a little bit concerned about what they are saying about their own reports, as their reports are broader than Sars itself."

Eight top executives at KPMG's South African office have quit since the global auditing firm announced that it would withdraw all of its findings and recommendations around its report into the so-called Sars "spy unit", Bloomberg reports.