Corruption Watch says it will lay charges against South African Revenue Service (SARS) head Tom Moyane for his failure to deal with the findings of the Financial Intelligence Centre on fraud and corruption by SARS employees Jonas Makwakwa and Kelly-Anne Elskie.
Makwakwa and Elskie were exposed by amaBhungane in a report that said that “suspicious and unusual” payments totalling R1.7-million were paid into their bank accounts over six years.
According to the Daily Mail, Makwakwa was placed on suspension on September 15, four days after the story was broken by amaBhungane, while Elksie was suspended in October.
“In consequence, Corruption Watch will be laying criminal charges against Moyane in accordance with the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. As an official who holds a position of authority, Moyane is obliged to report knowledge or even mere suspicion of corrupt transactions over R100 000 to the DPCI,” Corruption Watch said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, the Mail & Guardian reported that Moyane’s nephew, Nhlamulo Ndhlela, scored a debt collection contract from SARS that could be worth R220 million.
SARS responded by issuing a statement on 14 October, announcing its intention to approach the high court in order to have the contract between itself and Ndhlela’s company declared invalid.
“This follows LTC’s failure to declare the potential conflict of interest between its director Mr Nhlamulo Ndlhela and SARS Commissioner Mr Tom Moyane as this constitutes material irregularity and breach in the award of the tender‚” SARS said.
Corruption Watch says it wants to strengthen the criminal justice system and deal with issues of corruption in the country.
“Corruption Watch is deeply concerned about such abuse of public money for personal gain and is committed to strengthening the criminal justice system, which includes efforts to address financial crime of this nature,” it said.
Additional reporting: Daily Mail, Mail & Guardian