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Corruption Watch to lay criminal charges against Sars's Moyane

The organisation says the charges relate to his handling of a corruption case involving senior Sars officials.

Sars commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture:sars.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch says it will be laying criminal charges against South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane for his failure to act decisively on the findings of a report from the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), which details fraud and corruption by senior Sars employees Jonas Makwakwa and Kelly-Ann Elskie.

The anti-corruption organisation says it issued a letter to Moyane yesterday.

When Moyane received a report from the FIC in May this year, flagging suspicious deposits of around R1,2 million into the personal bank account of its second most senior executive, he afforded Makwakwa and Elskie an opportunity to respond to the allegations against them, as part of an internal investigative process instead of alerting the Hawks.

Makwakwa was suspended last month.

Corruption Watch's Leanne Govindsamy says they are concerned about the manner in which Moyane handled the matter.

"In providing a copy of the report to Elskie and Makwakwa to obtain their comments, he breached certain legislation. The FIC says that you are not supposed to expose the contents of the investigation to the people who are involved."

In 2014, President Jacob Zuma appointed Moyane as the Sars commissioner. He had previously worked as a senior executive in various government and private sector entities, the Presidency said.

He has also served as the national commissioner at the Department of Correctional Services.

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