Sars adamant on Pillay, Richer 'rogue' unit

Sars adamant on Pillay, Richer 'rogue' unit

2015-02-19 21:15

Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Service was adamant on Thursday that deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay and head of strategic planning Peter Richer were instrumental in the establishment of the so-called rogue unit.

"It is common cause that Mr Pillay and Richer were in different degrees instrumental in the institutionalisation, establishment as well as the running of this unit," Sars's executive for employment relations, Luther Lebelo, said.

"Hence it is prudent and reasonably expected that as the head of the unit he be held responsible for the unit’s activities."

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He was responding to an article in Business Day earlier about the report on the investigation into the covert unit by Muzi Sikhakhane.

According to the paper, the report made no findings of wrongdoing nor recommended any action against Pillay and Richer.

The report, which Business Day had seen, only made mention of Richer once and he was not interviewed during the probe.

The report was handed to Sars commissioner Tom Moyane in November last year.

Lebelo on Thursday said that over and above the Sikhakhane panel, Sars had brought in an independent forensic institution and external senior counsel to further probe the findings.

On December 5, Pillay and Richer were suspended amid allegations of a special projects unit engaging in illegal activities in Sars.

Pillay's suspension was overturned by the Labour Court in Johannesburg. However, earlier this month he was served with a second notice of suspension.

Last month, the dispute between Sars and Pillay was settled but he remained suspended. The dispute was with regard to the suspension on December 5 and was "amicably resolved" through conciliation at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

Lebelo said the disciplinary process against Pillay was underway due to the findings of the two investigative services used by Sars.

  • Made Inthe South - 2015-02-19 21:33

    ZANC will always tell us a story,but the real motives are to be found in the investigations into the tax liabilities of the Zuma children,tax implications of Nkandla,the case of Robert Huang and the fact that Pillay insisted that the ZANC Chinese t-shirts for the election be taxed. Look what happened to Glynnis Breytenbach,they charged her with all sorts of trumped up charges to drive her from her place of employment to protect Mdluli. Interesting to note that they are all minorities and we know what Zuma73 said about minorities today

      Atholl Canterbury - 2015-02-19 22:31

      == Huang = Zuma = #payback the money ==> Don't export to C h i n a =!= Huang empire gets Zuma’s backing -- 19 Feb 2015 – by …Pauli van Wyk A BUSINESSMAN who allegedly owes the Receiver at least R1,8?billion may yet get off without paying a cent after –{President Jacob Zuma ¬personally stepped in}--. Jen Chih “Robert” Huang and his wife Shou Fang and four companies …, owe …SARS an ¬initial estimate of R540?million, according to court papers in a legal battle between SARS and the Huangs. .. One of their companies is Mpisi Trading 74, a clearing agent that was involved in importing and –{donating 181?300 T-shirts to the ANC}-- before the national elections. Many of the T-shirts featured Zuma’s face and ANC slogans. The T-shirts were seized by SARS..{Ivan Pillay insisted the company pay customs tax}. He has since been out in the cold;-) Another four companies —..together owe..a further R541?million, said Pieter Engelbrecht in a statement submitted to the Pretoria high court. …. the Haung audit may be shelved after Zuma allegedly intervened ¬personally. …. SARS had been working on the Haung audit for years and Engelbrecht said in his statement to the court –{ the couple had set up eight companies with a multitude of bank accounts to evade tax }-- and ¬launder money to –{send “very large amounts” out of the country}--. ….. SARS’s court documents form part of an application in which SARS successfully ¬applied for a search and seizure warrant without the Huangs’ knowledge.

      Jeremy Forbes - 2015-02-20 00:08

      Victimised because of their honesty and for treating everyone equally under the law. The shame that this brings upon us as a nation makes me feel sick.

  • Jan Kuhn - 2015-02-19 21:36

    This would be a nice case to televise as we'll hear everything uncensored and as it happens. Bet you that the ANC will not allow it.

  • Godfrey Welman - 2015-02-19 21:40

    Okay different rules for different guys: "Hence it is prudent and reasonably expected that as the head of the unit he be held responsible for the unit’s activities." So why did this not apply to Zuma during Gupta-gate and Nkandla???

  • Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-02-19 23:02

    What is extremely sad is that whilst the country's sacred institutions get shutdown or manipulated to bring about results favoring the top members of the ruling party and their associates, the man on the street sing this crooked mans praises after 1 speech. How many times will he do this before his supporters realize what he is up too. Very sad for SA as a whole

      Ian Trenor - 2015-02-20 02:29

      Yep thick as pig pooh

  • Christopher Choane - 2015-02-19 23:09

    R45 million for t-shirts.

      New_South_African_Glory - 2015-02-20 09:39

      Was that not just the tax?? Which I guess they still have not payed. ANC I pay my tax what about you.

  • Ian Trenor - 2015-02-20 02:31

    Guys what is the solution?? Leave SA or keep whining on these forums knowing that the sheep will keep the filth in?? Comments please

      Peter Storbeck - 2015-02-20 05:07

      Neither. Joint your local DA branch and help campaign vigorously for a decent government.

      arthur.salvado - 2015-02-20 07:27

      There's no answer. Look north and see our future. I don't mean Uganda etc, I mean Fourways, bryanston etc. filth lawless pits. Welcome to the real SA

      Ian Trenor - 2015-02-20 09:27

      Let's be real. The sheep don't vote DA. Majority rules.

  • Delia Groer - 2015-02-20 04:53

    With this reasoning, president Zuma is then responsible for all the wrong doings of his cabinet and their staff and should then be investigated as well.....

  • Craig Dennis - 2015-02-20 06:42

    While they brought in billions in tax revenue they were very much needed, but not allow the ANC T shirts into the country without the duty bring paid, now they are criminals?

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