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Sars commissioner to face MPs over suspended Makwakwa

Jonas Makwakwa has been suspended pending a probe into suspicious payments into his personal bank account.

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

CAPE TOWN - South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane will face questions over the investigation into suspended top tax official Jonas Makwakwa in Parliament next month.

Makwakwa was put on suspension by Moyane last week, pending a probe into alleged suspicious payments into his personal bank account.

The payments reportedly amount to more than R1 million and took place over the past six years.

Sars employee Kelly-Ann Elskie, said to be Makwakwa's girlfriend, is also alleged to have received payments.

Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance wants to hear from Moyane as well as Treasury and the Financial Intelligence Centre about the progress of the inquiry in a meeting set down for October 12.

In a statement last week, Moyane complained about a "lack of co-operation" by the Financial Intelligence Centre with regard to the investigation into the payments into Jonas Makwakwa's account.

Moyane said he raised this in a meeting with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in a meeting on 12 September.

The payments were flagged as "unusual" and worthy of further investigation in a report Moyane's said to have received in May.

Committee chairperson Yunus Carrim says they cannot delve into the merits of any case there may be against Makwakwa.

But he says the committee wants to know more about the inquiry's progress and whether the required co-operation is taking place.

The Democratic Alliance's David Maynier has welcomed the move, saying certainty is needed that the allegations are being properly investigated and won't be compromised by any failure to co-operate.

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