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Embattled international auditing firm KPMG SA says it has paid back the R23m it received as payment from the South African Revenue Service for the report on the so-called rogue unit. KPMG SA said it paid the money back on January 29. SARS did not respond to requests for comment. When KPMG SA found itself at the centre of state capture allegations in 2017, the firm announced that it was withdrawing all its findings‚ recommendations and conclusions of the SARS report. It also said it had contacted SARS and offered to repay the R23m fee received for the work it had done or to donate the same amount to charity. The discredited KPMG report on the rogue unit was used to bring charges against former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and as the basis for the continued harassment of former SARS officials by the Hawks. Gordhan and former SARS employees implicated in the rogue unit report — Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg, Peter Richer, Yolisa Pikie and Adrian Lackay — have all called on KP...

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