Bosasa boss Gavin Watson reportedly questioned over tax payments

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has reportedly said it will not be commenting on whether Bosasa boss Gavin Watson appeared before a confidential revenue service inquiry.

According to_Business Day, _the inquiry issued a summons for Watson to appear before it on Wednesday.

This follows testimony at the Zondo Commission by former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi implicating Watson in allegations of corruption involving state officials.

News24 Investigative Journalist Kyle Cowan has more on the story.

While the matter is of public interest, Cowan says Sars is in a predicament because they are mandated by legislation to keep the tax affairs of individuals confidential.

Sars went to the Pretoria High Court in March this year already to get an order establishing this tax inquiry into Bosasa and Mr Gavin Watson.

Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24

He says if Watson is subpoenaed to appear before the state capture inquiry, the commission will more likely focus on whether transactions made by the company were lawful.

All Sars wants to do, even if your business is smuggling tobacco for example, Sars wants to make sure it gets its cut so that the economy can get some kind of benefit out of this illicit activity and the during a tax inquiry, they will then decide and say: 'Oh but look you have actually broken the law in doing this, we are referring the matter to law enforcement.'

Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24

Sars mandate stops when the tax is paid.

Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24

READ: 'Gavin Watson's day is coming', predicts journalist

The net is slowly tightening and we are seeing some action at least that might see Mr Gavin Watson in a very tight spot quite soon.

Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24

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