Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan does not believe that South African Revenue Service (SARS) employee Luther Lebelo should have written a letter to Business Day attacking rating agencies, even if this was done in his personal capacity. In a written reply to a parliamentary question by DA finance spokesman David Maynier, Gordhan said as far as the finance ministry was concerned, "Mr Lebelo, as a senior and influential manager in SARS, should not be commenting on a sensitive and serious matter such as ratings in the public domain". The minister believes SARS management should be held to account for failing to take action on the issue. In his letter Lebelo — who is linked to the Progressive Professionals Forum headed by the Gupta-supporting Mzwanele Manyi — described credit rating agencies as "economic gangs" organised by the CIA and used by SA’s Western oppressors to whip the country into line and to impose their own preferred economic and social system. The letter also stated that the ...

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