Author of KPMG Sars 'spy unit' report mum over disclaimer

Johan van der Walt has told EWN he can’t talk about or explain why the report was issued with a disclaimer.

FILE: Earlier investigations into the unit have led to Deputy Sars Commissioner Ivan Pillay and the unit’s head Johan van Loggerenberg leaving the institution. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The man who authored the forensic report for KPMG into the South African Revenue Service (Sars) spy unit has told Eyewitness News he can't talk about it or explain at this point why it was issued with a disclaimer.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Times says Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane is planning to defy Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, after Gordhan said he must stop the restructuring of Sars.

Gordhan has previously criticised KPMG for appearing to make findings against him over a secret Sars spy unit without talking to him first.

Earlier, investigations into the unit have led to Deputy Sars Commissioner Ivan Pillay and the unit's head Johan van Loggerenberg leaving the institution.

Johan van der Walt's signature is on the covering letter of the KPMG report, which was supposed to finally explain whether Gordhan, Pillay and other top officials broke the law by establishing what was claimed to be a secret spy unit at Sars.

In the letter van der Walt says the report cannot be given to any third party and cannot be used for the resolution of any disputes or controversies.

The attorney representing Pillay and van Loggerenberg, Mohamed Husain, says this raises questions about what exactly Sars asked KPMG to investigate.

Meanwhile, EWN has asked Sars detailed questions about whether Moyane will defy Gordhan and press ahead with restructuring Sars, and whether Moyane believes Gordhan does not have the legal authority to stop him.

In its reply, Sars says only that it's received the KPMG report and Moyane is now applying his mind to it.