Attorney told to testify before Sars inquiry or face criminal prosecution

Judge Robert Nugent has warned an attorney who has refused to testify at the Sars inquiry that he faces criminal prosecution if he does not co-operate.

Attorney David Maphakela was summonsed to give evidence on Monday but refused, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.

Maphakela has argued that the affidavits he submitted to the commission should suffice.

It's been revealed that Maphakela's firm invoiced Sars for R759 000 to compile documents related to the so-called 'rogue unit'.

Through his advocate William Mokhari, Maphakela told the commission he felt it unnecessary to be subjected to oral evidence.

The judge rejected this.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Advocate William Mokhari, on behalf of Maphakela said they would take this matter to court to challenge the judge's decison.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Judge Robert Nugent said they were entitled to do that but warned that their failure to co-operate puts them at risk of being criminally prosecuted.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

David Maphakela was the attorney who was apparently briefed by [Sars executive] Luther Lebelo to gather documents that would support his submission to the commission of inquiry.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Listen to the EWN update with Barry Bateman:


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