SARS (SA Revenue Services) has dismissed reports that the organisation is in disarray, saying the media has a negative agenda against the organisation.
Recent controversy has emerged after second in charge, Jonas Makwakwa, was suspended after payments amounting to R1.2 million were made into his accounts between 2010 and 2016.
In an attempt to set the record straight, employee relations group executive Luther Lebelo said the revenue collection service's performance has been outstanding under Commissioner Tom Moyane's leadership. He also denied reports of there being tension between Moyane and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and said no case was opened against him .
702's John Robbie spoke to Lebelo about details surrounding the ongoing matter.
He said it the media should focus on the good work being done at the organisation, such as the 8.5% growth against South Africa's recent low economic growth.
Listen to the interview below:
We've been observing these malicious attacks on SARS and indirectly on Commissioner Tom Moyane that suggest that SARS is falling apart.— Luther Lebelo, SARS employee relations group executive