Sars denies leaking confidential information
Sars Luther Lebelo says they're not responsible for the leaking of confidential information.
JOHANNESBURG - South African Revenue Service (Sars) says claims that its commissioner, Tom Moyane, is changing the way the institution operates for ulterior motives constitute a deliberate attempt to discredit him.
It hit back at claims that Moyane is conducting an investigation aimed at a former Sars unit and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan saying that probe was started before Moyane took office.
Last week, Gordhan said a letter from the Hawks asking him questions about that unit came from people trying to intimidate him before his budget.
Sars' Luther Lebelo says they're not responsible for the leaking of confidential information.
"We reject that we are leaking information to the media."
And they're upset with former finance minister Trevor Manuel's comment that if he were back in office he'd fire Moyane.
"We're really disappointed that he made his comment that he would fire the commissioner; in Section 9 of the Sars Act, it makes it clear that the only person who appoints the commissioner is the president."
Sars also says the changes to its operating model were started by former acting Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay.
At the same time, the revenue services has moved to clarify that it's stable and remains focussed despite reports of differences between its commissioner and finance minister.
Lebelo said, "There is no instability at Sars. In fact, the people at Sars are excited about the job they are doing; they work day and night to make sure they reach their targets. The 14,500 employees are focused, determined and resilient."