Former President Jacob Zuma has given the South African Revenue Service (SARS) permission to hand over his tax information to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Zuma says the Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane should be given the records as requested and she must not be hindered in doing her work.
The court battle before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria was sparked by Mkhwebane’s request to SARS to have Zuma’s tax records in order to carry out an investigation. This comes after it was alleged in a book by Jacques Pauw that Zuma received R1 million a month from Durban businessman Roy Moodley during his presidency.
SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter argued that this information should remain within his agency’s orbit and he wants the court to bar Mkhwebane from getting them.
Mkhwebane has confirmed that she will oppose the application.
I hear that my SARS records are being contested in court by Kieswetter. No one has consulted me about this matter. Furthermore, I have been informed that the office requesting these records is the office of the @PublicProtector (PP) @AdvBMkhwebane— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) November 12, 2019
I never refused nor hid anything she wanted to investigate. Even where I personally thought she was going beyond her mandate and powers, I still obliged because I respect the office of the @PublicProtector and therefore I am not part of the contestation of my tax records.— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) November 12, 2019