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If you wanted to rile usually composed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ask him about the KPMG Report into alleged irregularities at SA Revenue Services. Before his first stint as Finance Minister, Gordhan spent a decade turning SARS into an efficient tax collecting machine. After Gordhan’s demotion to a lesser portfolio in 2014, a newly appointed SARS Commissioner systematically dismantled this decade long work by replacing the top team with Zuma loyalists. Sceptics say this was part of a strategy by crony capitalists to capture the two key levers of State finances – a precursor for Nenegate when backbencher Des van Rooyen was appointed Finance Minister. Gordhan wants SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane replaced and has threatened to resign if it doesn’t happen. The Zuma camp has hit back with an investigation by the Hawks to implicate Gordhan in an apparent “rogue” unit established while he was in ultimate control of SARS. Here are the 27 questions which so infuriated Gordhan and ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, sent by the Hawks to “distract” Gordhan two days before the Budget Speech. The Finance Minister has been given until Wednesday to respond. – Alec Hogg
Cape Town – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has a list of 27 questions to answer by Wednesday March 2, relating to the so-called rogue South African Revenue Service (Sars) unit that was formed while he was heading the organisation.
The letter was sent to Gordhan by Hawks boss Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza just days before the budget speech address.