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Hogan Lovells appears before Parliament over Makwakwa probe

Committee members want answers about the extent of the investigation into Makwakwa and his partner, fellow Sars employee Kelly-Ann Elskie.

FILE: Sars' Jonas Makwakwa. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

CAPE TOWN - Law firm Hogan Lovells is appearing before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance to explain its role in the investigation into senior Sars official Jonas Makwakwa.

Committee members want answers about the extent of the investigation into Makwakwa and his partner and fellow Sars employee Kelly-Ann Elskie after the Financial Intelligence Centre flagged suspicious transactions in their accounts.

Sars commissioner Tom Moyane is also appearing before the committee.

At issue is Makwakwa’s controversial reinstatement last month, while the Hawks continue to investigate criminal allegations against him.

Hogan Lovells chairperson Lavery Modise has confirmed the scope of the law firm’s inquiry into Makwakwa centred on whether he was guilty of misconduct as an employee.

“Hogan Lovells has not exonerated him of any charges because the investigations are still pending. I want to be clear that my and Hogan Lovells’ involvement has been limited.”

Modise says it’s not true Hogan Lovells has acted to shield Makwakwa.

“Any suggestion that we colluded with Sars to shield the two employees from any investigation is misplaced.”

Modise has told the committee he is confident that Hogan Lovells has acted with propriety throughout.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)