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Sars investigates Makwakwa over alleged R1m payments

Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane told staff in an internal memo that he has suspended Jonas Makwakwa.

Sars. Picture: Sars

JOHANNESBURG - South African Revenue Services (Sars) has now launched an investigation into its second-in command, Jonas Makwakwa, in connection with cash payments and transfers involving more than R1 million.

Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane has told staff in an internal memo that he's suspended Makwakwa, pending a full probe.

It's understood that Moyane received a report alleging "unusual" payments linked to Makwakwa in May.

The Sunday Times reported on the allegations over the weekend.

Observers say it's unusual that Sars would not have informed Treasury of the decision to put Jonas Makwakwa on suspension.

The revenue service has yet to confirm to the public that he's under investigation.

It's also unclear whether any action is being taken against Kelly-Ann Elskie, reported to be Makwakwa's girlfriend, who also works for Sars and is alleged to have had payments into her bank account.

The DA's David Maynier says he'll be asking more questions, to determine whether Sars commissioner Tom Moyane has acted correctly.

"There does appear to be undue delay, if you accept that the report was received by Sars in May, but we don't yet know that for a fact."

The allegations against Makwakwa are contained in an investigative report by a banking regulator.

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