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Hawks cagey on details of probe into Sars' Makwakwa

The unit received a criminal complaint over suspicious transactions into Makwakwa's personal account.

Sars. Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks say allegations that hundreds of thousands of rand have been suspiciously paid into South African Revenue Service's (Sars) chief business officer Jonas Makwakwa's personal bank account are an internal labour matter and not something they are investigating.

Eyewitness News has learnt that a banking regulator submitted a criminal complaint to the Hawks in May, detailing a financial intelligence report related to Makwakwa's affairs.

A similar report was also given to Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane in May, but Makwakwa remains on duty.

The investigative unit will not be drawn on the contents of a damning intelligence report into Makwakwa's finances, saying it is an internal revenue service matter.

However, EWN has learnt that the unit's head, Berning Ntlemeza, met with commissioner Moyane to discuss the case on 29 August.

A banking regulator found hundreds of thousands of rand were deposited into Makwakwa's bank account in what its terms "suspicious and unusual cash deposits".

In one instance, funds were transferred between the accounts of nine different companies, before more than R480,000 was paid into Makwakwa's account.

Neither Sars nor Makwakwa have responded to questions.