Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has expressed "serious concern" about the stewardship of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) under commissioner Tom Moyane because of the way he has handled allegations against his second-in-command, Jonas Makwakwa. Makwakwa and his girlfriend, Kelly-Ann Elskie, a SARS employee, are under investigation for "suspicious and unusual" bank transactions. Gordhan’s comments in a series of written replies on Thursday to questions in Parliament by DA finance spokesman David Maynier attest to the breakdown in relations between the minister and Moyane which Judge Dennis Davis — who heads up the Davis Tax Committee — has previously described as "intolerable". Gordhan highlighted a number of Moyane’s failures, such as his neglect in taking immediate action when he was informed by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) about the R1.2m in deposits made into Makwakwa’s bank accounts and R450,000 into Elskie’s. There was also his failure to report the Makwakwa ...

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