Red berets ramp up 'rogue' claims

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- mg.co.za | 3 weeks ago

NEWS ANALYSISAllegations of a “rogue unit” at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) have been resurrected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on a number of platforms as a weapon in the opposition party’s war on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The rogue unit keeps coming up — in the fight between Gordhan and EFF leaders before the equality court, in a complaint to the public protector by the EFF and even in the EFF’s rejection of newly appointed Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter this week.Although the appointment was generally welcomed, the EFF said the process to appoint him was “patently nepotistic and corrupt” and questioned his proximity to Trevor Manuel, who chaired the panel that interviewed candidates for the post.

The Sars Act says that the responsibility to appoint a Sars commissioner rests with the president, and it does not prescribe a process.The EFF said it also opposed Kieswetter’s appointment because he was a deputy commissioner under Gordhan when the alleged “rogue unit” was formed.

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