Sars says won’t be drawn on Symington, Moyane matter

Vlok Symington has accused Tom Moyane and Hawks officers of concealing evidence from the NPA to have former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan implicated in fraud.

FILE: Sars. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The South African Revenue Services (Sars) says it's not in a position to comment on the matter involving Vlok Symington which has implicated commissioner Tom Moyane in a criminal conspiracy because it is now before the courts.

Symington, who is an official in the legal counsel division of Sars, has accused Moyane and Hawks officers of concealing evidence from the National Prosecuting Authority to have former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan implicated in fraud.

He made headlines last year when he was allegedly held hostage by several Hawks officers and Moyane's personal bodyguard after they accidentally gave him an incriminating document.

Symington has approached the High Court to interdict Sars from subjecting him to a disciplinary hearing, which he argues is retribution for blowing the lid on the conspiracy.

Sars says in a statement it won’t comment on the case because disciplinary proceedings against employees are confidential and deemed internal matters.

The revenue service says, more importantly, it won’t be drawn on the matter because it’s before the courts.

Symington has accused Moyane and Hawks officials of conspiring to have Gordhan criminally charged to create the pretext to have him removed from office.

In court papers, he explains how an investigation into the hostage drama exonerated him and implicated Moyane’s bodyguard in wrongdoing.

Symington says Moyane then unilaterally changed the scope of the investigation which led to internal disciplinary charges being brought against him.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)