Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

Consultants Bain & Company and Gartner were hammered in the SA Revenue Service (Sars) commission of inquiry’s final report for their destructive role at the tax agency under axed commissioner Tom Moyane. Both companies were found to have irregularly obtained Sars contracts, which together came to about R400m. The role of global consultants in facilitating state capture and corruption in SA has been revealed over the past two years, with evidence emerging that firms such as McKinsey, KPMG, Bain and Gartner financially benefited from the capture project. Fraud charges are expected to be brought against Bain, which has paid back the money it earned from the Sars contract, amounting to R217m. Its SA head Vittorio Massone resigned. However, commission chair judge Robert Nugent said the repayment was a mere "marketing" gesture. To truly make reparations, the Boston-based company should more truthfully disclose its role in the erosion of Sars’s capacity, the judge said. In his interim repo...

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