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JOHANNESBURG — Today, Hogan Lovells has given me its report concerning Jonas Makwakwa and his girlfriend Kelly-Ann Elskie after some MPs in Parliament gained access to it yesterday. What strikes me about this document below are the critical questions that Hogan Lovells actually asked of Makwakwa’s conduct regarding the suspicious ATM deposits flagged up by the FIC. Hogan Lovells further notes, for example, how a total amount of R162 530 from SARS to Makwakwa could not be reconciled while auditors PwC were unable to determine the basis of these payments. Regarding Makwakwa’s links to a company called ‘Biz Fire Worx’, Hogan Lovells noted that there had been a prima facie breach of internal SARS’ policies relating to a non-disclosure of private interests, immovable property and rental income, as well as “undertaking external work without permission”. Hogan Lovells, in turn, accused Makwakwa of failing to disclose his interests. Hogan Lovells also indicates that Makwakwa was allegedly evasive when probed further. The report is probably more damning than initially thought, even though it is actually still very limited in its scope: it purely looks at the labour relations aspect of Makwakwa’s behaviour. The document below also contains the full report of Makwakwa’s internal disciplinary hearing at SARS as well as correspondence with suspended SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, which makes for interesting reading… – Gareth van Zyl
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