A former KPMG auditor who was responsible for the audits of Gupta-owned Linkway Trading has pleaded with the auditors regulating body not to deregister him, saying he has already been punished a lot. An independent disciplinary committee found Jacques Wessels guilty in 2018 of all six charges related to improper conduct and tax evasion which the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (Irba) levelled against him. “To some degree, I have been punished a lot. When I left KPMG, I only got two months’ salary. For a period between October 2017 and October 2018 I had no income. To ensure that my children go to school I had to sell my vehicle,” said Wessels, while pleading for a lighter sanction on Thursday.

He spoke for the first time on Thursday about the audit work he did for the Gupta-owned companies and his relationship with the family. He said the incident had severely damaged his trust in people because his Gupta clients consistently denied any wrongdoing when he spoke to th...

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