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Sars declines to comment on Moyane amid probe into Makwakwa

The revenue service confirmed that Jonas Makwakwa was suspended with immediate effect.

Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture: Christ Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has declined to comment on how long its commissioner Tom Moyane has been in possession of a report into allegations lodged against two of its top officials.

Yesterday Sars confirmed that its chief officer for business and individual tax Jonas Makwakwa was suspended with immediate effect.

This comes after the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) flagged with the taxman that Makwakwa and Kelly-Ann Elskie have allegedly been depositing money into their personal bank accounts.

Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela has declined to comment on the fate of Elksie. Memela also declined to comment on reports that Moyane had the financial intelligence report since May this year.

"All I'm saying is that I don't think I should get entangled in that."

During the standing committee on public accounts hearing in Parliament this week, Moyane denied media reports about the allegations, 24 hours before the suspension.

Makwakwa will be temporarily replaced by Firdous Sallie and the taxman has hired an independent law firm to investigate the matter.