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Moyane denies breaching law on Makwakwa report

Tom Moyane has made the statement in a detailed letter sent to Corruption Watch.

FILE: Tom Moyane. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - Sars commissioner Tom Moyane has denied he was in breach of any law when he didn't open a criminal case against official Jonas Makwakwa after evidence of suspicious transactions came to his attention.

Moyane has made the statement in a detailed letter sent to Corruption Watch.

The Financial Intelligence Centre gave the Sars boss a report in May, which showed 75 transactions totalling more than R1 million in Makwakwa and his alleged girlfriend Kelly-Ann Elskie's bank accounts.

Corruption Watch alleges that Moyane was in breach of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act by not reporting the suspicious transaction in Makwakwa’s bank account to the authorities.

Moyane says at the time, he was advised by the Hawks in writing that there was no need to open a criminal case because the matter was already under investigation.

He says he accepted the advice and has fully cooperated with their investigation.

Moyane says a law firm has been appointed to investigate allegations of impropriety, tax evasion and other contraventions of the Tax Administration Act.

He says he will be in a position to make a public comment once these processes have finished.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)