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'Sars heavyweight under investigation over unusual cash payments'

Jonas Makwakwa is reportedly facing investigation for 'suspicious' and 'unusual' cash payments.

Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Revenue Service (Sars) chief business officer Jonas Makwakwa is reportedly facing investigation for "suspicious" and "unusual" cash payments into his bank account.

According to Sunday Times, a preliminary report has recommended an investigation to determine whether the payments are proceeds from crimes arising from corrupt activities or acts of money laundering.

The report, which has now been handed to Sars commissioner Tom Moyane, alleges Makwakwa received unexplained cash deposits and bank transfers into his FNB account totaling R1,2 between 2010 and January this year.

Investigators have also pointed to three cash deposits of totaling about half-a-million rand to Makwakwa's girlfriend shortly before Christmas last year.

The report relies on records from 11 different bank accounts, as well as camera footage where cash deposits were made.

Neither Sars nor Makwakwa have commented on the latest development.

Makwakwa shot to prominence in late 2014, shortly after Moyane became commissioner.

The revenue service's second in command has since become a powerful figure in Sars, with more than two decades of experience as a taxman.