Sars mum on probe of men linked to Malema

2012-04-23 12:12

Johannesburg - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) declined on Monday to comment on reports that several businessmen linked to suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema are to appear before a secret judicial inquiry for suspected tax evasion.

"The SA Revenue Service has consistently held the position that it does not and cannot comment publicly on the affairs of any taxpayer regardless of whether it is a business, a trust or individual taxpayer," spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

"Taxpayer confidentiality is an obligation imposed on Sars by the Income Tax Act, amongst other pieces of legislation."

According to reports on Sunday, several of Malema's allies have been subpoenaed to appear before the inquiry. It was reportedly convened after some business people and government officials refused to cooperate with the taxman.

Malema has not been subpoenaed.

Lawyer Piet PJJ Marais, SC, will reportedly head the inquiry, a judicial body set up in terms of the Income Tax Act. The order to hold the inquiry was granted last month by the president of the high court in Pretoria, Judge Willem van der Merwe.

Limpopo businessmen linked to 19 companies, who were close to Malema, were summoned. These companies include SGL Engineering Projects, where Malema was a director, Gwama Properties and On-Point Engineers, which is co-owned by Malema's Ratanang family trust.

Lackay said taxpayer confidentiality applies whether or not a taxpayer is under investigation.

"Taxpayer confidentiality ends only when a matter is formally brought before a court of law, other than a tax court. It then becomes a matter for public record."

  • The-madKing - 2012-04-23 12:34

    Go get them SARS!!

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-23 13:17

      Seems like SARS is our buddy now for a change:-)

  • Rose - 2012-04-23 12:46

    First probe zuma his children please!!!! .Go for big fish not fries

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-23 12:47

    The probe must be welcomed by the public .The report that it is going to be held in secrecy is understandable but unfortunately an indication items that will be of interest to persons who slog away everyday to pay their taxes will never know what really was going on. In the mean time the plot thickens....Hopefully all involved will be brought to book.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-23 12:55

      In his next speech he will convince thousands of people that this is a personal move against him, and that it is the forces of evil powers.

  • Piet - 2012-04-23 12:49

    Lift that carpet and bring the big BROOM!!!!!

  • Vincent - 2012-04-23 12:53

    Sars probes only if you have a problem with top dogs.

  • Foremind - 2012-04-23 13:22

    \Taxpayer confidentiality is an obligation imposed on Sars by the Income Tax Act, amongst other pieces of legislation.\

  • david.lebethe - 2012-04-23 13:40

    I hold no brief for Malema but am opposed to a manner in which Sars operates. It appears all its operations (including the law that regulates it) are a guarded secret - for an example, when the parties reach settlement at institutions such as the CCMA, Sars deducts a certain portion as tax before such settlement can be paid. While this might be the right way to go, but the formula applied is unknown to the public and therefore arbitrary. Now we are told that Sars approached the North Gauteng High Court for an order which enabled Sars to enquire into finances of people who did business with Malema, probably granted an order without having the benefit of suspects side of the story and when audi paterm alterum rule is a tenant of fairness and is protected by natural justice.

  • Jay - 2012-04-23 13:42

    Dear SARS, Collect all the Suspected R120 Million Taxes from JUJU, Please. Get this CORRUPT Province with it's rotten BBBEE Fraudsters & Tenderpreuners fully assessed, attach their assets and liquidate them. I reckon, SARS may collect in excess of R2 Billion just from Limpopo. These Taxes, once collected, should be transferred to EDUCATION Upliftment & JUSTICE Department Efficiencies. Not to SAPS please for now, If this process is applied to EVERY OUTSTANDING FRAUD & CORRUPTION investigations, including the Collusions at SANRAL, we may not have the need to pay e Tolls & maybe lower the Toll Fees. I Rest My Case....

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-04-23 14:14

    Don’t waste time commenting on these people, they will never get prosecuted as they are untouchable.

  • felican - 2012-04-23 14:42

    ""SARS ended their surprising analysis on such a cautious note, however. Malema's personal bias, thye stated, is that all accrued are really all and only man-made artificial objects. But if this is so, they conclude, then all such observations really were an incredible fluke. So much so, in fact, that scientists, says SARS, should "consider the possibility of some other alien origins for probing Malema." "" All tongue in cheek my reply....

  • magomarele - 2012-04-23 16:30

    Let him suffer. Bloody hypocrite. Nothing like champion of the poor here, he's the champion of his own pocket. He must go and finish his Woodwork first.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-30 18:25

    Ja all well and good but just look at the Mpisane's they were defrauded SARS what happened, got off probably with less than half that they owed and are back in business with government tenders. How do these people get tax clearance certs yet they pull in huge tenders. Fraud and corruption goes unchecked. Are the banks not supposed to report large sums of money exchanging hands or suspect deposits.

  • Utopian Indigent - 2014-08-24 17:24

    #PayBackTheMoney EFF South Africa Zuma's apprentice

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