- A recording of a telephone call between Tom Moyane and Helgard Lombard has been leaked
- In the recording, Moyane tells Lombard to fake being sick so he can avoid speaking to KPMG investigators
- The conversation is at the heart of charges Moyane will face at his upcoming disciplinary hearing
A damning recording of a 2015 telephone conversation between suspended South African Revenue Services (SARS) boss Tom Moyane and SARS employee Helgard Lombard has emerged. During the conversation Moyane instructs Lombard not to cooperate with KPMG investigators.
Moyane instructs Lombard to fake being sick so he can avoid giving testimony to KPMG. The auditing firm was investigating the so-called Rogue Unit at the revenue service at the time.
The conversation is at the heart of charges which Moyane will face at his upcoming disciplinary hearing. The details of the charges against Moyane was made in an affidavit filed by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan last week.
Briefly.co.za gathered that President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended Moyane earlier this year and said he had lost trust in Moyane’s ability to fulfil his duties.
Ramaphosa suspended Moyane after the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) report which accused Moyane of protecting his deputy from investigations was made public.
EWN.co.za reported that Moyane has constantly denied all the charges against him and wants the hearing to take place as quickly as possible so he can clear his name.
Moyane and his legal team were left fuming when Gordhan filed the affidavit detailing charges against him. His lawyers said Gordhan had nothing to do with the matter.
Gordhan shot back and said he had intimate knowledge of the case because at the time of the incident he was still the minister of finance.
The recording was obtained by News24.com and reveals how Moyane ensured that Lombard was not available to testify in the matter.
Lombard has denied commenting on the matter saying that the entire incident was now before the courts.
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