SARS IT boss of ‘protect me from yourself’ fame calls on CCMA

SARS IT boss of ‘protect me from yourself’ fame calls on CCMA

- Head of SARS IT, Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane, is taking her employer to the CCMA

- The SARS IT boss of ‘protect me from yourself’ fame claims that she is being bullied to separate from the tax body

- SARS allegedly offered Makhekhe-Mokhuane a four-month settlement to step down, which the IT head turned down

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It has come to light that South African Revenue Service (SARS) IT boss, Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane, has lodged a complaint with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) regarding her employer requesting that she step down.

Makhekhe-Mokhuane exploded online unexpectedly last year when she answered questions in an eNCA interview in a very strange and vague manner, with one of her catchphrases being, “Ma’m, can you please give me protection from yourself?”

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According to News24, now Makhekhe-Mokhuane is being asked to step down from her position at SARS, but no explicit reason for this has been given and no charges have been made against the head of IT.

"The employer has placed me on discretionary leave since the 14th of January when I was due to come back to work,” Makhekhe-Mokhuane explained, “The employer sent me back home saying I must reflect on a mutual separation. Since then I have not been informed what is the basis of a mutual separation. If I don't accept the separation, I would face a disciplinary action.”

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This request for separation from SARS follows the tax body’s offering of a four-month settlement for Makhekhe-Mokhuane to step down. gathered that the IT boss refused the settlement and is adamant on continuing to fight for her job.

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Acting SARS commissioner, Mark Kingon, said that employees in Makhekhe-Mokhuane’s department did not want the head of IT to return to the workplace due to "reputational damage to SARS and the professional damage suffered by them because of the performance in the interview".

Watch the full, controversial interview that sparked Makhekhe-Mokhuane’s fame, below:

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