Jonas Makwakwa resigns from Sars

Jonas Makwakwa has cited personal reasons for his resignation.

Jonas Makwakwa. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

PRETORIA - South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has announced the immediate resignation of senior tax official Jonas Makwakwa.

Moyane is hosting a media briefing at the Linton House Auditorium.

Makwakwa has been embroiled in fraud and corruption allegations since 2016 but was controversially cleared of wrongdoing in an internal hearing last year.

The Hawks are still investigating allegations of fraud and money laundering related to R600,000 paid into his bank account as identified by the Financial Intelligence Centre.

Last week, Makwakwa was accused of improperly influencing the appointment of debt collector, New Integrated Credit Solutions (NICS).

Moyane says Makwakwa resigned on Wednesday morning when he questioned him about these allegations.

“I formally put this matter before Makwakwa with the intention to suspend him in respect of the said allegations pending an investigation. At this point, he denied the allegations and indicated to me that he had already decided to resign. Due to the resignation being effective immediately, it serves no purpose to proceed with the matter from the employment relations’ perspective.”

He says Sars will, however, investigate irregularities related to the appointment of NICS.

“Sars is currently preparing a letter to NICS to give cause why the bill should not be suspended pending an investigation. In this regard, Sars reserved its legal rights in law, including legal constitutional proceedings to terminate the relationship between Sars and NICS.”

Makwakwa has cited personal reasons for his resignation.