White media houses in South Africa, most of the times, cross a line, while marketing “bogus” stuff in the name of News. In fact, they don’t even seem concerned about the fact, that their act (spreading fake and cheap news) can tarnish someone’s image irreversibly and also get them embroiled in unnecessary controversies. Therefore, SARS has now decided to teach a lesson to the white media on the same. So, The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has confirmed that it will file a legal action against ex media24 journalist Jacques Pauw for publishing confidential information about the taxpayer in his book “The President’s Keepers – Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison.”
An official statement has been released by SARS which says, “Thus SARS is seeking legal advice on what steps to take‚ including but not limited to criminal and civil investigation against Mr Pauw and the Sunday Times into the circumstances pertaining to the unlawful disclosure of confidential taxpayer information. This was in contravention of the Tax Administration Act‚ which prohibits the disclosure of taxpayer information by a SARS official or former SARS official. Moreover, Disclosure was permitted only through an order of the high court.”
“The report perpetuates the unfounded narrative that he is involved in efforts to quash President Zuma’s tax liability. This narrative is untruthful‚ disingenuous and out rightly irresponsible. As a result‚ SARS is duty-bound to address the violation of the (Act) by Mr Jacques Pauw and the unsubstantiated allegation that Commissioner Tom Moyane is aiding President (Jacob) Zuma to avoid his tax obligations”, they further added.
SARS has further quoted that all the allegations, regarding Zuma’s tax affairs, are quite illogical as Moyane didn’t even take over the position by the time, these so called “alleged acts” took place in the book. They also denied the allegations, which claim that officials, who were administering President Zuma’s tax affairs, were dismissed from the organization.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Times Editor Bongani Siqoko said the newspaper still stand by its report. “We will wait for SARS to file its (legal) papers and we will respond‚” he further added.