After being on suspension for more than a year, Jonas Makwakwa will on Wednesday return to work at the South African Revenue Service (Sars).
Makwakwa was suspended last year September after the Financial Intelligence Centre raised concerns about suspicious payments made into his and his girlfriend's personal accounts.
According to an FIC report, Makwakwa made unusual and suspicious deposits totalling R1.2 million into a number of bank accounts from unknown sources between 2010 and 2016.
Executive director at Corruption Watch, David Lewis says South Africa should be concerned about Makwakwa's return to Sars as he occupies a very senior position and is vulnerable to bribery and blackmail.
What a person with regular salary was doing with a large amounts of cash and why was he depositing it in the way that he did... ineeds to be clarified.— David Lewis Managing Director for Corruption Watch
Lewis says they are determined to get clarity as to what was Makwakwa doing with a large sum of money and what the Hawks are doing about this.
He says they are thinking of approaching the court to assist them in getting a report from the law firm that exonerated Makwakwa.
We would like to see the terms of reference of that report. We want to know what evidence were placed before that law firm.— David Lewis Managing Director for Corruption Watch
We would do whatever it takes to get that report. We are not prepared to accept his exoneration by an internal commission.— David Lewis Managing Director for Corruption Watch
The outrageous news of the day: Jonas #Makwakwa returns to SARS. It is genuinely shocking.— Branko Brkic (@brankobrkic) October 30, 2017
So Makwakwa who was caught depositing huge sums of money with his girlfriend at an ATM will be back to work.Found innocent. That's new SARS!— Justice4All (@Unathi_Kwaza) October 31, 2017
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