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A tobacco task team, set up in the SA Revenue Service (Sars), which was seen as the "new rogue unit", targeted investigators and the internal tax agency instead of focusing on big businesses. The commission of inquiry chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent on Wednesday heard testimony from two senior managers at Sars’s internal fraud investigation unit. Yousef Denath, a senior manager at the anti-corruption unit at Sars, detailed how he was suspended based on "sham" charges brought against him by an alleged "new rogue unit" formed under Sars commissioner Tom Moyane’s watch and spearheaded by Sars investigator Yegan Mundie. Denath went through a disciplinary process and was cleared of all charges. He returned to Sars early in 2018 after a year and three months on suspension.

Mundie has since resigned from the revenue service before facing charges of misconduct. Denath said he was suspended the day Gobi Makhanya — who previously headed Sars investigations in KwaZulu-Natal and wa...

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