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KPMG agrees to reparations with Sars officials over 2014 'rogue unit' report

KPMG South African chair Wiseman Nkuhlu said the issue of reparations came up as part of re-establishing trust with the tax authority. Around 45 people were affected by the report - containing allegations of a supposed rogue unit - with some having tried to take their own lives.

KPMG South African chair Wiseman Nkuhlu. Picture: KPMG

CAPE TOWN – KPMG has agreed to reparations for South African Revenue Services officials over a now discredited and retracted 2014 report in the High-Risk Investigations Unit (HRIU).

The report detailed allegations of a supposed rogue unit.

KPMG South African chair Wiseman Nkuhlu said the issue of reparations came up as part of re-establishing trust with the tax authority.

Around 45 people were affected by the report, with some having tried to take their own lives.

The former head of the HRIU Johann van Loggerenberg said he listened to the announcement on Friday.

“I listened to Professor Nkuhlu on Friday and he made no excuses and he gave no justifications. What he said was unequivocal and emphatic and I admire that. I think it’s a good step.”

Van Loggerenberg said he has had no contact from KPMG.

“I am completely unaware of the content of what was announced because they haven’t spoken to me or responded to me, so I am at a bit of a disadvantage. This is more of an acknowledgement of the harm caused to individuals, their families and their children.”

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