Madonsela seeks help from Sars

2011-09-20 17:37

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called on the SA Revenue Service (Sars) to help her office probe fraud, abuse of power and corruption.

"We have been exploring the possibility of approaching you for assistance in the difficult issue of investigations into abuse of funds through irregular practices such as fraud, abuse of power and corruption," she said on Tuesday.

Madonsela was speaking at a Sars national legal workshop in Durban.

The public protector's office needed help from Sars because the tax man's office had systems reputed to be among the best in the world, she said.

"My office is exploring the possibility of benchmarking with your office particularly, in the area of automated case management."

Sars was seen as a leader on professionalism, she said. Madonsela said questionable relationships usually lay at the core of irregular tenders and other financial wrongdoing.

"As you know, Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office records mean nothing these days. Sophisticated ways are designed every day to channel the proceeds of inflated and improperly awarded tenders. Perhaps you could help us."

The collaboration could be done through the proposed Tax Administration Bill. Madonsela said it was in Sars' interest to ensure public funds were not squandered.


  • 2012anc - 2011-09-20 18:20

    SARS is the investment wing of the ANC, so is FICA no chance of any co-operation here.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-09-20 19:19

    I'm shocked she has to ask. SARS should have been beating down the door to offer their help when her report was published. Ms. Madonsela continues to earn my respect and gratitude for her dedication.

  • Kevin - 2011-09-20 20:48

    Madonsela for President

  • Chillipeppa - 2011-09-21 08:10

    Thuli, there is one rule for us the proletariat, and another for ANC politicians. It used to be a crime for MP's to state their assets. Now few bother and some flatly refuse. The DA has asked for some "tenderpreneurs" to be investigated and SARS finds all sorts of pathetic responses as it drags it heels. SAAB and other Euro companies have actually published large scale bribes (Billions and billions of $'s) paid to South Africans in "arms procurement" yet SARS "cannot act" on mere allegations. However, yet there be the slightest insinuation that you or I are stealing VAT and we'll instantly feel the full might of the SARS club. The government keeps your department just about skint so you cant perform, yet squanders huge sums of money such as the R250,000,000 to Swaziland in soft loans and keeps the borders open with the rest of Africa so Nigerians can continue to ply their drug trade here. However the effect of all this is that you DO have a united South Africa behind you wishing you success in your quest to see the right things done in this country. If only there were another few thousand like you.......

  • Amanda - 2012-03-28 11:33

    I fear she has a mammoth task awaiting he. There is just not enough of her to go around. Unfortunately if she comes to close to the real "big guns" that have to be investigated, there will not be "enough" money to do so or there will be a political decision to either remove her from her job. Good luck madam Madonsela!

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