Tom Moyane, who has overseen the disembowelment of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) since he was appointed SARS commissioner in September 2014, has come out guns blazing at a press conference in Pretoria on Monday. He launched a full broadside attack at KPMG, the audit firm that on Friday disavowed its report into the so-called "rogue unit", a myth which has been been dispelled everywhere except at SARS.
Moyane opened the press conference detailing how he became aware of KPMG's decision.
#SARS Moyane: on Sept 15th email was sent from Norton Rose FullBright on behalf of KPMG alerting them to KPMG's withdrawal of report.— Nompumelelo Ngubeni (@MpumiNgubeni) September 18, 2017
He then went on to slam KPMG, merely arguing that he wasn't notified of its plans to withdraw the report.
Moyane: #Sars has been completely taken aback by KPMG's aberrant and unethical conduct— raeesa pather (@raediology) September 18, 2017
Moyane condemns KPMG for its unilateral announcement on withdrawal of report despite service level agreement #SARS— Natasha Marrian (@NatashaMarrian) September 18, 2017
Moyane argued that SARS is now the owner of the report and as such it will seemingly remain a report with standing within the organisation. This is odd, given the fact that the forensic team that worked on it has said it doesn't carry any weight anymore.
Moyane wants to go to court. If that ever comes to pass you can bet your last Gupta-rand that the firm will go to war with all the dirty detail about how the investigation was allegedly stage-managed by SARS.
#SARS Moyane: we will institute legal proceedings against KPMG for reputations damage.— Nompumelelo Ngubeni (@MpumiNgubeni) September 18, 2017
Yep. Moyane seems to think that the best way to allay criticism is to go on the attack.
Since Moyane has arrived at SARS, more than 55 senior managers and group executives have left the taxman. Former minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, has said that it is clear the people at SARS don't know what they're doing. Plus, Moyane's SARS has gone out of their way to accommodate the Guptas, including facilitating a R70-million tax refund.
Moyane and SARS will be going all-out against KPMG.
#Sars Moyane says revenue service will institute legal action, report KPMG to Finance Minister with aim to have firm blacklisted.— Gia Nicolaides (@GiaNicolaides) September 18, 2017
Both the Sikhakhane Report and the Kroon Board have been shown to have major defects in their investigations and subsequent reports. But Moyane continues to rely on them. He needs to keep the "rogue unit" narrative alive.
#SARS Moyane refers to Sikhakhane commission which confirmed a rogue unit.— Gia Nicolaides (@GiaNicolaides) September 18, 2017
Moyane hit back at former SARS staffers, who over the weekend said the withdrawal of the KMPG report vindicates them.
#SARS denies KPMG report used as basis for disciplinary action and criminal cases, says such claims "at best false and at worst deceitful"— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) September 18, 2017
#Sars Moyane: says disciplinary hearings against employees due to Sikhakhane report and not KPMG report.— Gia Nicolaides (@GiaNicolaides) September 18, 2017
Moyane will not back down.
Moyane says claims that the KPMG report was basis for Van Loggenberg and Pillay being axed are wrong #Sars— raeesa pather (@raediology) September 18, 2017
Exactly. Moyane will do everything in his power to keep the story alive. It seems the only way in which we will ever get clarity is if the issue goes to court.
Moyane has consistently avoided answering direct questions about the reports and the 'rogue unit'.
Tom Moyane adamant there is no wrong doing from #SARS & those claiming that are misleading as there was a rogue unit— QueenB (@MissB_Herself) September 18, 2017
This is a good summary. Moyane gets away, again.
Moyane will live and die by the KPMG report because, even as flawed as it is, it enables him to stick to his guns and to keep SARS captured.
#Sars Moyane says people trying to claim withdrawal of KPMG report automatically vindicates them.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 18, 2017
Professor Pierre de Vos rips up the Sikhkhane report, the basis of KPMG's investigations into the so-called "rogue unit".
Here I explained why Sikhakhane report findings on SARS "rogue unit" make no legal sense https://t.co/c6Ipu2mU87— Pierre de Vos (@pierredevos) September 18, 2017
Moyane says the Sikhakhane report was the result of media rumblings about an alleged rogue unit within #SARS— ANN7 (@ANN7tv) September 18, 2017
SARS never once investigated strategic leak of KPMG report at the time...why not #SARS— MarianneThamm (@MarianneThamm) September 18, 2017
Moyane tries to put distance between himself and what came before KMPG.
#Sars Moyane states that Sikhakhane report was not his report, he didn't change terms & conditions. From previous administration.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 18, 2017
#Moyane: we find it very strange...that this KPMG report...given to us as final..is now inconclusive.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) September 18, 2017
We find it completely disingenuous
It is a complicated and convoluted story. Keep your wits about you!
Moyane: SARS has observed with astonishment some employees & others have been crisscrossing media platforms making baseless conclusions.— Scapegoat (@AndiMakinana) September 18, 2017
KPMG also did the forensic work into Schabir Shaik, President Jacob Zuma's original benefactor, who was convicted of numerous counts of fraud and corruption. These forensic reports will again be scrutinised should Zuma be charged. You can already see where this is headed...
#SARS response to who is behind agenda Moyane says he doesn't have particular names of ppl but agenda is to cast aspersions— Genevieve Quintal (@GenMQ) September 18, 2017
The story is now global... over the weekend it made the front-page of the Financial Times, Reuters immediately picked it up.
South Africa tax agency wants parliament to probe KPMG https://t.co/DBKV8so7QJ— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) September 18, 2017