Moyane: SARS 'rogue unit' were spies who knew nothing about tax

Moyane: SARS 'rogue unit' were spies who knew nothing about tax

Seeking to clarify a situation he feels has been miscommunicated, former head of SARS Tom Moyane has come out to say he disbanded the entity's 'rogue unit', not the Illicit Financial Flow unit.

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Tom Moyane has taken to social media to dispel the 'repeated narrative' that he disbanded the IFF unit upon his arrival at SARS.

Moyane reiterated that he had disbanded the 'rogue unit' at the entity, sharing a statement on the matter on social media. This came after recommendations put forward by the Sikhakhane panel, who had found the establishment of the unit unlawful.

Moyane revealed that the controversial unit was recruited from military and national agencies, with 'intelligence/ spying capability being the main job description', reports The Citizen.

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In the statement, Moyane explained that to confuse the two units was offensive to the IFF Unit, which consisted of highly skilled professionals in the tax industry.

The so-called rogue unit, according to Moyane, specialised in spying on citizens who were accused of illegal activities:

“IFF is a highly skilled tax type that most countries, let alone SA, are struggling with, and to suggest that the unit members dealt with IFF is rather ridiculous and insulting."

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