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Makwakwa gets a bonus while on suspension

SA Revenue Service (Sars)  dismissed as "inaccurate and untrue" media reports that its embattled chief officer of business and individual tax, Jonas Makwakwa, was paid a bonus while on suspension.

"Sars finds it necessary to specifically clarify the deliberate misrepresentation of facts as this perpetuates a media-created narrative that Sars Commissioner, Tom Moyane, gives preferable treatment to Mr Makwakwa and conducts himself in a manner that contravenes the law," Sars said in a statement. Sars reiterated that, contrary to media reports, Makwakwa was neither paid a bonus while on suspension nor was there any interference in the process of his suspension.

This came after the Daily Maverick two weeks ago reported that Makwakwa received a R930,000 bonus in the 2016/2017 financial year, despite working for only six months before being suspended on allegations of corruption and money laundering. An independent investigation cleared Makwakwa of the charges levelled against him. Sars stated that Makwakwa received a bonus payment relating only to the period preceding his suspension.

Source: SA Labour News