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DA Wants Parliament To Scrutinise Sars 'Rogue Unit' Controversy

"It's time for the Standing Committee on Finance to step up and fulfil its constitutional obligation."

02/10/2017 12:50 SAST | Updated 02/10/2017 12:50 SAST
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Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier

The Democratic Alliance submitted a written statement to Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday, requesting a hearing to scrutinise the South African Revenue Service's review of its so-called rogue unit.

"It's time for the Standing Committee on Finance to step up and fulfil its constitutional obligation to scrutinise the controversy surrounding the Sars 'rogue unit'"David Maynier

"It's time for the Standing Committee on Finance to step up and fulfil its constitutional obligation to scrutinise the controversy surrounding the Sars 'rogue unit', which it has failed to do for years in Parliament," wrote DA MP David Maynier.

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Maynier said Sars commissioner Tom Moyane had notified the committee of his "dissatisfaction" with KPMG International's handling of the Sars "rogue unit" debacle.

He said even though Moyane wanted to review KPMG International's handling of the controversial unit, it should be "scrutinising Sars' handling of the controversy".

Johann van Loggerenberg, who was in charge of the Sars High-Risk Investigation Unit when Moyane gutted it, has enlisted a high-powered legal team to take auditors KPMG to task.

The unit says it can tackle the under-fire auditor and certain employees over alleged fraud, corruption and various offences dealing with the reporting of suspected criminal activity.

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The DA said it was imperative that the committee be granted access to a number of documents prior to the hearing, including:

  • A copy of the service level agreement between Sars and KPMG South Africa.

  • Copies of all communication between Sars and KPMG South Africa on the mandate extension to include conclusions, recommendations and legal opinions referred to in KPMG International's press statement dated September 15 2017.

  • Copies of all communication between (a) Sars and KPMG South Africa and (b) Sars and KPMG International relating to KPMG South Africa's investigative review of the Sars "rogue unit".

  • A copy of the final report, titled "Report on Allegations of Irregularities and Misconduct".