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Magashula's resignation welcomed

Corruption Watch has praised Pravin Gordhan for the way he handled the Oupa Magashula issue.

South African Revenue Services commissioner Oupa Magashule. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch has commended Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for protecting the integrity of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) by acting speedily against allegations of misconduct levelled against Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula.

The allegations emerged after an expose by the City Press newspaper which revealed the contents of a telephone conversation between Magashula and a convicted drug dealer.

A report commissioned by Gordhan found that Magashula placed the reputation and credibility of Sars at risk when he allegedly offered a 28-year-old Durban woman, who is a friend of a convicted drug dealer, a job at Sars.

The report found Magashula lied to fact-finding inquiry, headed by retired Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob about his interaction with those involved in the scandal.

Gordhan says no crime was committed, but the matter is extremely serious.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis says the investigation and subsequent resignation of Magashula was expeditious.

"The whole thing was handled professionally. It was handled with dignity. It's been transparently communicated and it contrasts with the manner in which allegations of much greater corruption have been handled in the cabinet."

Magashula resigned with immediate effect on Friday.