The “moment” SARS rogue unit narrative was born: EFF document leak provides clues – Thamm

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) Rogue Unit is believed to be an invention of pro-Zuma individuals who were intent on excising anti-corruption busters from the country’s tax organ and beyond.

A report on the so-called Rogue Unit was used to smear SARS officials, like Johann van Loggerenberg, who were investigating tax evasion linked to the tobacco industry. The report was also used to try to discredit and oust former finance minister Pravin Gordhan – who was a thorn in Zuma’s side.

A new document adds granular detail to the SARS wars narrative, with Marianne Thamm of Daily Maverick fleshing out the details and background to this information placed in the public domain by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who, ironically, view Gordhan is an enemy.

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