A SARS official has confirmed that his embattled chief officer Jonas Makwakwa received a R930,000 bonus before he was suspended last year.
The Daily Maverick reported last week that Makwakwa, who is the Chief Officer of Business and Individual Taxes, received the bonus in the 2016/2017 financial year, despite working for only six months before being suspended on allegations of corruption and money laundering.
SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, who was briefing Parliament's standing committee on finance on SARS' annual financial report on Tuesday, initially denied Makwakwa received the bonus.
#SARS Comm Tom Moyane does not include payment of R561 in bonuses to staff in 2016 on his presentation. R3 million to members of EXCO, R1 million to Jonas Makwakwa.— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) November 28, 2017
However, a SARS official, who attended the briefing with Moyane, clarified that the bonus was received.
#SARS Clarity now on Makakwa's bonus: he WAS paid R930 000, but BEFORE he was put on suspension in September 2016. GD— Gaye Davis (@Gaye_Davis) November 28, 2017
#SARS So Makwakwa WAS paid R930 000, but BEFORE he was put on suspension (i.e during the year under review). Next annual report will reflect on the period of suspension; SARS policy is no bonus if suspended. GD— Gaye Davis (@Gaye_Davis) November 28, 2017
#SARS Clarification came from SARS official here with Moyane, who says it is important to be clear which financial year is being referred to. GD— Gaye Davis (@Gaye_Davis) November 28, 2017
Makwakwa was suspended in September last year amid investigations regarding financial transactions into his personal bank account that had been red-flagged by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).
He was after suspicious amounts appeared in the accounts of Makwakwa and his girlfriend to the tune of R1.3 million.
He returned to SARS earlier this month after the revenue service said a disciplinary hearing had concluded that he was not guilty.