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Moyane at loggerheads with Parly committee over financial intelligence report

Tom Moyane says those who distributed the report, which highlights suspicious payments received by Jonas Makwakwa, may have violated the law and he says he's obligated to report the matter.

FILE: Suspended South African Revenue Service Commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane is bumping heads with Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance over a financial intelligence report involving one of his top officials, Jonas Makwakwa.

Moyane says those who distributed the report, which highlights suspicious payments received by Makwakwa, may have violated the law and he says he's obligated to report the matter.

But the Democratic Alliance's Alf Lees, who referred to the report at a meeting last week, says Moyane is attempting to intimidate Parliament.

Moyane says Members of Parliament are in violation of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act by being in possession of the report which questions payments of R930,000 into the bank account of Sars' chief officer, Makwakwa.

In a letter to the committee, Moyane is asking Parliament's legal advisor, Frank Jenkins, to indicate where on the internet a copy of the report was obtained.

But Lees says the real issue is that Makwakwa should be suspended again.

“There are still charges pending now against him for possible proceeds of crime and money laundering and the Hawks are busy with those investigations and yet he is back at work."

Makwakwa returned to work last month after more than a year off.

Lees has now written to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, asking for him to intervene so that the Hawks can investigate the matter fully.