Zuma steps in to greenlight Public Protector accessing SARS records

Zuma steps in to greenlight Public Protector accessing SARS records

- Former president Jacob Zuma has given his consent to SARS as the Public Protector seeks to obtain his tax records

- Despite the politician's green light, the office of the Public Protector is adamant that they will still continue with legal action

- Busisiwe Mkhwebane is currently investigating claims that Zuma enjoyed R1 million a month paid by Royal Security

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As the Public Protector takes the South African Revenue Services on to obtain Jacob Zuma's tax records, the ex-president weighed in.

In a social media post, Zuma indicated that he would co-operate with any investigations concerning him:

"It must be known that I have nothing to hide. If the Public Protector wants to see my SARS records she is free to do so. We should not make the job of the Public Protector difficult. If she wants my records, she must have them."

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Zuma insists that there is nothing to hide, urging SARS to allow her access to his records, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Despite the go-ahead and SARS itself indicating that if the politician gave his consent, then they would not take issue either, the Public Protector isn't taking any chances.

In a statement released in response to Zuma's comments, spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said:

"The subpoena is not abandoned but stayed by mutual agreement between the parties pending an expedited date of the hearing of Part B of the application. Parties must engage DJP on the date of hearing."

In other words, the two parties involved are waiting for a date before continuing the battle over access to the records.

IOL reports that former Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane had filed the complaint after allegations surfaced that Zuma enjoyed a R1 million monthly payment from Royal Security, owned by Durban businessman Roy Moodley.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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