- SARS IT boss Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane has become the butt of many a twitter joke in the last 24 hours
- On Wednesday, Makhekhe-Mokhuane started her day with a disastrous TV interview in which she seemed incapable of answering simple questions in a coherent manner
- The day only got worse when Makhekhe-Mokhuane gave testimony at the Nugent Inquiry into the state of affairs at SARS
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South African Revenue Services (SARS) Chief Information Technology (IT) Office Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane has sent twitter into a complete tizzy and in the process earned herself instant viral sensation status for her double-blunder Wednesday.
Makhekhe-Mokhuane started her day earlier than usual when she agreed to do a TV interview which can only be described as disastrous from a professional perspective. Makhekhe-Mokhuane seemed incapable of basic speech and struggled to answer seemingly simple questions in a coherent manner.
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The day only got worse for Makhekhe-Mokhuane as she took her place in the witness box at the Nugent Inquiry later in the day. Makhekhe-Mokhuane delivered her testimony in a similarly incoherent and vague way which had plagued her earlier in the day.
Briefly.co.za gathered that understandably this vagueness irked Judge Robert Nugent who has come out of retirement to investigate and establish exactly what went wrong at SARS in recent years.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that Makhekhe-Mokhuane did not enjoy being grilled by the inquiry or by the line of questions she was being asked. In a rather shocking turn of events, Makhekhe-Mokhuane even made a suggestion to the startled Judge Nugent on how he should conduct the interview.
“I’m not going to sit here and discuss whether or not I attended meetings. As and when I get assignments, I get them through the commissioner. This is beyond a waste of your time. You need to look at governance, rather than when I’m going to the bathroom. Please protect me,” she said.
Makhekhe-Mokhuane continued to be vague and somewhat ambiguous in her answers and even told the judge to move to his next question. This riled Nugent who, rightfully, continued to push Makhekhe-Mokhuane for answers.
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On Wednesday, Briefly.co.za reported that SARS acting group executive for IT strategy and architecture Andre Rabie gave a shocking account of the state of affairs at SARS.
Rabie warned that SARS could need R1 billion to repair its old IT systems in order to avoid a catastrophic collapse of the e-filling system which has become the backbone of tax collection in recent years.
The sudden halting of the modernisation programme which had already cost SARS R200 million was according to Rabi, responsible for the revenue service only running at a quarter (at best) of its previous capacity.
Here are some of the best twitter reactions to Makhekhe-Mokhuane’s interview and subsequent testimony at the Nugent Inquiry.
Some questioned how sober Makhekhe-Mokhuane was.
Others asked if they could have her job.
People openly wondered why Makhekhe-Mokhuane needed protection and what she thought was happening to her.
People have lost even more faith in SARS after this performance.
Makhekhe-Mokhuane was compared to a former minister, and no, not in a flattering way.
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