Zuma to Sars: Let Mkhwebane do her job
Former President Jacob Zuma has entered the fray in the battle between Sars and Busisiwe Mkhwebane over whether the Public Protector has powers to subpoena taxpayers’ information.
Zuma has entered the fray in the battle between Sars and Mkhwebane over whether the Public Protector has powers to subpoena taxpayers’ information.
Last month, Mkhwebane subpoenaed Zuma’s tax records as part of her investigation into a 2017 complaint from the Democratic Alliance claiming that the former president allegedly pocketed undeclared money from a security company during his presidency.
Sars has taken her to court to prevent her from accessing the information, arguing that this would have dire consequences.
The tax revenue’s Commissioner Edward Kieswetter insisted that the Public Protector could not be given taxpayers' information.
He also said Mkhwebane was mistaken to believe she had powers to subpoena such confidential records.
“The commissioner of Sars and all officials are legally compelled to uphold the confidentiality of that information, except under specific legal circumstances. The specific legal circumstances do not apply to the Public Protector.”
However, Zuma said he had no problem with his tax information being given to Mkhwebane.
In fact, he said no one should make her job difficult, adding that “if she wants my records, she must have them”.
I hear that my SARS records are being contested in court by Kieswetter. No one has consulted me about this matter. Furthermore, I have been informed that the office requesting these records is the office of the @PublicProtector (PP) @AdvBMkhwebane— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) November 12, 2019