South Africa: Finance Minister Backs Formation of Intelligence Unit Within SARS

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni declared that he "fully endorses" the establishment of a unit within the South African Revenue Services (SARS) that is deployed to investigate and gather intelligence on illicit financial flows and granting SARS full "intrusive enforcement capacity" to act against them when necessary.

This was one of the recommendations made by National Treasury to the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance last year. The Minister was responding to a question by the spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, who wanted to know more about the proposed unit, including what legislative provisions would be required for setting it up and how its work would differ from the work already being done by the intelligence services.

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