Investigative journalist and author of The President's Keepers, Jacques Pauw says he is not worried about Sars laying charges against him for contravening the Tax Administration Act.
Pauw says this latest litigation by Sars is malicious and unnecessary because Sars has already laid criminal charges against him in Pretoria.
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court against Pauw saying that he published taxpayers confidential information in his book.
I don't know why Sars wants an order from the Western Cape High Court but what I do know is that this is going to cost the tax payers a lot of money.— Jacques Pauw, journalist, author of The President's keepers
I can assure you they are going to fly down to Cape Town with a batch of senior advocates to argue their case. What they intend to do with the order, I don't know.— Jacques Pauw, journalist, author of The President's keepers
It's like stealing a bicycle and going to court to get an order that you have stolen a bicycle. It is utterly malicious and not very clever.— Jacques Pauw, journalist, author of The President's keepers
According to Pauw, in the application there's a 20 page affidavit of which 15 of those pages are copies from his book where Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane says Pauw has contravened the Tax Administration Act by revealing the taxpayers confidential information.
Pauw says what Moyane is trying to do is to hide behind the Tax Administration Act in order to conceal the dirty linen of Jacob Zuma and his cronies.
This is the first time ever I hear such action has been taken against a journalist ...— Jacques Pauw, journalist, author of The President's keepers
When was a journalist I revealed tax information of people like Julius Malema and Sars didn't do anything about it.— Jacques Pauw, journalist, author of The President's keepers
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Pauw questions why he was not charged after revealing Malema's tax affairs