Ex Sars officials to seek legal recourse after KPMG bins Sars 'spy unit' report

Several former South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials plan to seek legal recourse after KPMG withdrew all of its findings and recommendations around the so called 'rogue unit' report.

The auditing firm KPMG has admitted that its report for Sars suggests Minister Pravin Gordhan knew about the establishment of an intelligence unit that was set up illegally.

The report was partly responsible for the downfall of former Gordhan who was accused of having known about and endorsed the unit.

Gordhan and other axed Sars executives will consult with their lawyers, former Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay confirmed.

Former Sars group executive Johann van Loggerenberg says lawyers will remain in contact with KPMG, after being "brushed off" over the past two years.

Lackay and van Loggerenberg say neither of them have been contacted by KPMG officials since the decision.

Van Loggerenberg maintains that the contents of the report was false, misleading and fraudulent.

He says the decision to withdraw the report is a result of pressure from civil society and media.

Meanwhile, Lackay says KPMG's statement falls short and says the half-hearted apology leaves many questions unanswered.

Taxpayers and the South African public deserve the truth. There are still so many questions which deserve to be answered.

Adrian Lackay, Former Sars Spokesperson

We are left no closure to the truth until we get answers and until people who were affected are heard.

Adrian Lackay, Former Sars Spokesperson

Lackay says Sars officials who lost their jobs have every right to seek legal opinion on how to proceed.

For Sars, there has been no consequences.

Adrian Lackay, Former Sars Spokesperson

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