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Sars says its achievements being overlooked

Sars says it is at the receiving end of malicious attempts to depict it as one that is falling apart.

Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it is at the receiving end of malicious attempts to depict the organisation as one that is falling apart.

Sars has recently faced controversy, including the suspension of second-in-charge Jonas Makwakwa, who is under investigation due to mystery payments made into his bank account.

The transactions, which amount to more than R1 million, are believed to have been made over the last six years.

Former senior officials at Sars are currently also being investigated by the Hawks for their alleged involvement in a special unit that was set up at the organisation.

Spokesperson Luther Lebelo says Sars has had many positive developments which are intentionally being overlooked.

"There are good things that we are doing which goes against this narrative of Sars falling apart. Those things include when the economy was going by one percent, we were able to outgrow the economy by 8,5%. The following year we also outperformed the economy under the leadership of [Tom] Moyane."