Corruption Watch wants Nugent to tackle Hogan Lovells
The anti-graft body makes a submission to Sars inquiry on the law firm's reported investigation into suspicious transactions in the bank account of Jonas Makwakwa
Anticorruption lobby group Corruption Watch has asked the SA Revenue Service (Sars) commission of inquiry to look into allegations that international law firm Hogan Lovells whitewashed its report on allegations of suspicious transactions in the bank account of former Sars second-in-charge, Jonas Makwakwa. A Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) report in 2016 identified 76 transactions, totalling R1.2m, which were channelled into the personal bank accounts of Makwakwa and his girlfriend, Kelly-Anne Elskie. The Corruption Watch submission details Hogan Lovells' role in the investigation into the transactions contained in the FIC report, and in turn the law firm has responded to the allegations in a lengthy submission to the commission. However, both submissions may be in vain after commission chair, retired judge Robert Nugent, stated clearly that he was staying away from issues being dealt with in suspended commissioner Tom Moyane's disciplinary process.
In its submission to the...