Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

International advisory firm Gartner, along with a family friend of suspended SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane, received a tax agency tender amounting to nearly R200m in a manner described by a witness as "unethical and improper". The role of Gartner and global consultancy Bain & Co at Sars, hailed by Moyane in 2015 as a move to revitalise the tax agency, has been revealed to be sinister and possibly illegal at the commission of inquiry into tax and governance at Sars, chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent. The explosive allegations revealed at the inquiry on Wednesday, show that Gartner and Patrick Monyeki, a long-time family friend of Moyane’s, had penned the specifications for the Sars contract, which they would later be awarded in a highly irregular process, which Sars’s current finance chief Johnstone Makhubu admitted had "thrown out the rule book". The allegations emerged after Nugent presented his interim report to President Cyril Ramaphosa, recommending that...

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