Mahlobo dismisses reports of rogue operatives within Sars

Sars has been rocked by claims of a rogue unit that's triggered the suspension of top officials.

Mahlobo has held a briefing ahead of delivering his budget vote in Parliament this afternoon. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday said an investigation had found no evidence of rogue state intelligence operatives trying to destabilise the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

Mahlobo held a briefing ahead of delivering his budget vote in Parliament.

He said the Inspector General of Intelligence, Advocate Faith Radebe was asked to investigate after allegations were made in media reports last year.

Sars had been rocked by claims of a rogue unit that triggered the suspension and resignations of a number of top officials.

The minister said the inspector general of intelligence found no wrongdoing on the part of state security operatives with regard to the ructions at the organisation.

"There is no issue about rock elements trying to destabilise Sars."

Mahlobo said the state security agency would however be working with Sars more closely as it dealt with its internal problems to help combat the illegal flow of goods and transfers of money.