On Tuesday last week I was due to answer questions in Parliament about our work for SARS into the conduct of Jonas Makwakwa. With Tom Moyane’s suspension as the SARS’s Commissioner that opportunity has been put on hold. Potentially permanently. Whether the hearing takes place or not, we are entirely supportive of the report we wrote on Jonas Makwakwa being made available to the South African public. It is in the interests of good governance and transparency for that to happen and we urge both Parliament and SARS to do so. Regardless, it is important to give consideration to the role that independent legal advisers play in supporting our government and its different ministries and agencies. It is in the interests of all citizens in SA and foreign investors that our government’s actions are founded on the rule of law rather than personal whims. That is put at risk if those legal advisers feel they will be attacked for supporting the rule of law and not bowing to political pressures or...

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