Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

Edward Kieswetter is not the first SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner to turn down a request for taxpayer information from public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane — his predecessor, Tom Moyane, turned down a similar request from her in 2017.

The information she required in March 2017 was related to the controversial Absa/Bankorp matter. Mkhwebane’s final report on it, which recommended that the constitution be amended to alter the mandate of the SA Reserve Bank, was overturned by the highest court in a stinging judgment, and the public protector was ordered to pay personal costs.

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