Sars: Charges against Symington about his conduct, not statements he made
The revenue service has filed an answering affidavit in Vlok Symington’s application to stop disciplinary proceedings against him.
PRETORIA - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) management has rejected claims that the proposed disciplinary action against Vlok Symington is linked to protected disclosures he made to police watchdog Ipid and the National Prosecuting Authority.
The revenue service has filed an answering affidavit in Symington’s application to stop disciplinary proceedings against him.
The matter relates to an incident in October last year in which he was allegedly held hostage by Sars commissioner Tom Moyane’s personal bodyguard and several Hawks officers.
A legal opinion drafted by Symington in 2009 eventually led to criminal charges being withdrawn against former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan last year.
Sars chief legal officer Refiloe Mokoena says the charges of misconduct against Symington relate to his conduct during the alleged hostage situation and not the statements he made to Ipid and the NPA.
She adds that Sars has no knowledge of Symington’s interactions with Ipid and the NPA.
Mokoena argues that as an employer, the revenue service has a right to discipline its employees, in this case for insubordination and failing to comply with a lawful instruction.
She has strongly dismissed claims that this is a witch-hunt.
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)