Financial Mail and amaBhungane head to court to obtain Zuma's tax records

Business publication _Financial Mail _and the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism have filed an application in the North Gauteng High Court to access the tax returns of former president Jacob Zuma.

RELATED: The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The joint application is the culmination of a process started by _Financial Mail _in February 2019, which saw its application to obtain Zuma's tax records for the period that he was head of state denied by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

A founding affidavit states that "serious and credible evidence exists that former president Zuma's tax affairs were not in order while he was president".

Financial Mail journalist Warren Thompson says the application is two-pronged - to get hold of Zuma's tax returns, as well as to change the rules governing access to serve public interest.

When we sat down with our legal team and we looked at the existing laws we saw that they were fairly draconian in the circumstances.

Warren Thompson, Financial journalist

Under Paia (the Promotion of Access to Information Act) you cannot request the tax returns or records of an individual and under the Tax Administration Act, even for instance if I was given the tax returns, I was prohibited from writing about them.

Warren Thompson, Financial journalist

If the application is successful he says, it will also enable journalists to check on the integrity of SARS itself in terms of any difference in the treatment of senior political figures and ordinary citizens.

Find out more by listening to the conversation in the audio below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Financial Mail and amaBhungane head to court to obtain Zuma's tax records


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sars office operated with skeleton staff to allow union meeting, says caller

Sars office operated with skeleton staff to allow union meeting, says caller

Senior citizen 'Ruth' called in to the John Maytham show to say a Sars office was depleted after announcement of union meeting.

Why did security fail when CCTV cameras picked up train-fire suspects?

Why did security fail when CCTV cameras picked up train-fire suspects?

EWN's Kaylynn Palm reports on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula's presser after 18 carriages burnt out at Cape Town Station.

Recreational lobster fishing: 'Brochure two-seasons-old but still applies'

Recreational lobster fishing: 'Brochure two-seasons-old but still applies'

Fisheries Management's Wendy West clarifies questions around the current West Coast rock lobster recreational fishing season.

'Zuma was more loyal to his 'cronies' than to the Constitution'

'Zuma was more loyal to his 'cronies' than to the Constitution'

The Daily Maverick's Marianne Thamm says testimonies at the Zondo commission prove that Zuma never felt bound by the Constitution.

CT reverend says refugees need to vacate his church 'for their own safety'

CT reverend says refugees need to vacate his church 'for their own safety'

Reverend Alan Storey says he is not evicting anyone. Instead, he asked them to respectfully leave after several challenging weeks.

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism Investigative Journalist Craig McKune.

Popular articles
Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Can you afford to leave South Africa? Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Barry O'Mahony on what to consider before deciding.

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

After dithering for fear of spending political capital, SAA is now out of the President’s hands, says Pieter du Toit (News24).

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

Former public protector says the eight-year sentence was too harsh and it shouldn't matter that he was not a Wits student.

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

SAA is a classic example, says Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes Investments.

[VIDEO] People in amusement park thrown off ride in Thailand goes viral

[VIDEO] People in amusement park thrown off ride in Thailand goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Couple dancing in traffic has social media talking

[WATCH] Couple dancing in traffic has social media talking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to make your first R1 million (after that it just becomes so much easier)

How to make your first R1 million (after that it just becomes so much easier)

Rich. Wealthy. Financially free... Call it what you will; the first million is how you get there. Warren Ingram on his book...