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Treasury backs Magashula

The national Treasury says Sars Commissioner Oupa Magashula is being set up.

Oupa Magashula, Commissioner of the SA Revenue Service. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The National Treasury says it has full confidence in South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Oupa Magashula.

Claims have surfaced that Magashula offered a job at Sars to an associate of a convicted drug dealer.

The City Press and Rapport reported that it had copies of a phone conversation involving the commissioner, convicted criminal Timmy Marimuthu and a woman known to Marimuthu.

During the conversation Magashula offers the woman, known only as Nosipho, an annual salary of R700,000 and other perks. Marimuthu, who has in the past claimed he could influence the commissioner and other high-profile officials, then tries to convince the woman to accept the offer immediately.

While Sars has confirmed the authenticity of the recording, it said Magashula was being set up.

The Finance Ministry's Jabulani Sikhakhane said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said it does not appear that there has been any wrongdoing.

"From the facts available, it does not appear evident that there has been a fundamental breach of Sars processes."