Sunday, 26 January 2020 14:52

SARS has launched an investigation into the income tax affairs of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

IOL News reports that,Sars has ordered her to hand over copies of all relevant material including financial information, employment income, foreign income, business income, expenses, deductions and other income,dating back in 2011.

Mkhwebane’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe,said the public protector believed Sars move was an indication she was being “lynched” as part of “concerted efforts to instill fear in her following some investigations of hers”.

He added Mkhwebane had refused to give the Hawks a statement because they are “abusing resources on frivolous cases”.

This comes just over a month after the Hawks moved on Mkhwebane, requesting a warning statement related to a case of alleged perjury and defeating the ends of justice laid against her by advocate Paul Hoffman in August.

Hoffman, of NGO Accountability Now, had laid criminal charges against Mkhwebane after the Constitutional Court upheld an order for her to pay costs from her own pocket.

The country’s apex court had found Mkhwebane acted in bad faith during her probe into the apartheid-era loan to Bankorp, now part of Absa, by the South African Reserve Bank.

Hoffman had also asked the Legal Practice Council (LPC) to consider striking her from the roll of advocates.

Meanwhile earlier this week Speaker of Parliament Thandi Modise has approved a motion to initiate proceedings for her removal.

In a letter co-signed by SARS executive for investigative audits,Sars demands bank statements for all local and foreign accounts.

In addition, the revenue collector demanded copies of a statement of assets and liabilities, a fixed assets register, a detailed breakdown of vested shares and incentive scheme, and copies of short and long-term insurance contracts, among others,within 21 days.

“A field audit may be conducted at your premises and Sars will notify you accordingly. Electronically stored data can be submitted by arrangement with the Sars official.”

Sars ordered her to surrender copies of payslips, employment contracts, IRP5 certificates and investment income certificates for the period under audit.