Why has Sars not done anything since 2014 to protect taxpayers asks Lackay

Former South African Revenue Service (Sars) spokesperson Adrian Lackay spoke to 702's Karima Brown about the allegations against Sars by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw in his controversial book The President's Keepers.

In his book, Pauw alleges that Sars has been dishing out taxpayers information to the public. The Revenue Service has responded to Pauw threatening legal action.

Lackay says during his period at Sars there were multiple leaks of taxpayers confidential information to the media and no one was ever prosecuted for that.

He questions Sars silence since the early 2000s and why Tom Moyane is only now crying foul when Pauw exposed them.

Read: Sars considers legal action against Jacques Pauw and Sunday Times

The question that I ask as the taxpayer, is where is the consistency and who are you trying to protect and why have you not done anything since 2014 to protect your own employees and taxpayers?

Adrian Lackay, Former Sars Spokesperson

Lackay says that Sars has never taken criminal action against individuals and companies who are accused of tax evasion in the country.

He insinuates that Moyane could've been the one leaking tax information of former Sars employees and other taxpayers to the media.

That appears to be the only logical conclusion one could come to and that is my current argument in the matter before the CCMA...

Adrian Lackay, Former Sars Spokesperson

The is no consistency in the actions of Sars and that is the most disappointing...

Adrian Lackay, Former Sars Spokesperson

Lackay also touched on the reinstatement of Jonas Makwakwa after he was suspended in September 2016.

Makwakwa's suspension followed a report by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) to Sars containing some serious allegations against him.

Lackay says a report that cleared Makwakwa of any wrongdoing was never released in public, so we still don't know how the decision came about, he adds.

That's exactly the problem with Moyane's conduct. He refused to account to Minister of Finance Paravin Gordhan about his executive decisions. He refused to account to Parliament and tax paying citizens of this country...

Adrian Lackay, Former Sars Spokesperson

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