SARS targets ANC ‘bigwigs’ in Bosasa tax claims

By Amogelang Mbatha

(Bloomberg) – Top officials, politicians and businessmen of South Africa’s ruling party are facing tax claims of more than R250m ($17.4m) on income earned from Bosasa, the services company at the centre of a widespread graft scandal, the Johannesburg Sunday Times reports.

The South Africa Revenue Service has concluded preliminary investigations that may lead to charges of under-declared income, overstated expenses and other misrepresentations against members of the African National Congress party, Sunday Times said.

Those on the SARS list, the newspaper reported, include:

  • Dudu Myeni, the chairwoman of ousted President Jacob Zuma’s charitable foundation;
  • Minister of Environmental Affairs Nomvula Mokonyane;
  • Former National Prosecuting Authority prosecutors Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi;
  • ANC lawmaker Vincent Smith;
  • Former correctional services commissioner Zack Modise
Angelo Agrizzi, Bosasa’s chief operating officer from 1999 to 2016, told a judicial inquiry that’s probing graft during Zuma’s rule that the company paid 300,000 rand a month to the former leader’s charitable foundation in return for protection from prosecution.