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Former SA Revenue Service (Sars) acting chief officer for human capital Luther Lebelo contradicted himself and battled to answer questions around the "rogue unit" and the tax agency’s handling of the matter. Lebelo testified on Thursday at the commission of inquiry headed by retired judge Robert Nugent about his role at the revenue service since 2014, when the allegations of the "rogue unit" emerged and implicated senior officials such as then acting commissioner Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Peter Richer. In July Lebelo, who was seen as one of suspended Sars commissioner Tom Moyane’s "hitmen", was moved back to his original post — the executive for employment relations — from the top position Moyane had elevated him to.

Nugent on Thursday asked Lebelo on what basis Sars believed the "rogue unit" was unlawful and whether, following the Sikhakhane report, the tax agency got a legal opinion on whether those findings were correct. In 2014, a report by a panel headed by...

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