Pillay tried to negotiate lucrative payout - Reports

Ivan Pillay reportedly held a meeting to be let off the hook for his involvement in the spy scandal.

Former Sars Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay. Picture: Twitter @Radio702.

JOHANNESBURG - It's now emerged top tax official Ivan Pillay held a meeting at a prison in an attempt to be let off the hook for his involvement in the spy scandal that has rocked the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

The Sunday Times says it's seen letters which reveal Pillay arranged to meet with Sars commissioner Tom Moyane in February at the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria.

The meeting was allegedly under the pretence that he would tender his resignation.

Weekend reports suggest Pillay, who quit last week, tried to negotiate a lucrative payout and asked for any investigations into his role in setting up the rogue unit to be scrapped.

When this failed he allegedly used his struggle connections including Mac Maharaj to try and clinch a deal.

President Jacob Zuma then asked his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa to negotiate with Moyane but the xenophobic violence which gripped South Africa delayed their meeting which was finally only held on Monday.

The paper says that two days later the Sars commissioner returned to Pretoria and immediately signed Pillay's settlement of R2.5 million - equivalent to 18 months' salary.

Last week, retired judge Frank Kroon found that Sars had broken the law in setting up the rogue unit and it had committed illegal acts.