Statement by Minister of Finance on SARS Media Reports
26 March 2013
Posted by: Herman van Dyk
By National Treasury Media Reports (on behalf of the Minister of Finance)
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is a crucial fiscal
institution that is highly respected within and outside South Africa.
allegations have been made in the media today (Sunday, 24 March 2013)
about possible impropriety involving the Commissioner of SARS. I have an
initial report which gives an account of interaction between the SARS
Commissioner and certain individuals mentioned in the media reports.
From the facts available it is not evident that there has been a fundamental breach of SARS processes.
must be emphasised that the young Chartered Accountant (CA) did not
supply SARS with her CV nor was she ever employed by SARS.
to ensure transparency and that SARS' integrity is protected, I have
decided to institute a thorough investigation of the matter. After
consultations with the Minister of Justice, I will appoint a retired
judge to establish whether there was any breach of SARS processes, good
governance, the nature of any possible indiscretion and to advise on
appropriate remedies where breaches may have occurred.
regards to some of the other issues raised by the media articles today,
it has become evident in recent times that some taxpayers who find
themselves in difficulties because of their non-compliance with South
African tax and customs laws are increasingly relying on bullying
tactics against SARS officials to prevent the pursuit of investigations
as prescribed by the law.
I wish to send a categorical message to
those taxpayers who resort to these bullying tactics that their methods
will not succeed. SARS officials will implement tax and customs laws
without fear or favour. All South Africans must pay their fair share of