S.Africa: Taxman on warpath over President Zuma income exposé
03 Nov 2017

The SA Revenue Service (Sars) said on Friday it was considering taking criminal and civil action against investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw and the Sunday Times newspaper following an exposé about President Jacob Zuma’s income and tax affairs.

This comes after last weekend’s Sunday Times’ lead story, “Gangster republic: inside the Zuma family’s dealings with the criminal underworld”, which was an extract from Pauw’s book, “The President’s Keepers – Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison”.

In the book, Pauw exposes, among others, an alleged plot by Zuma to quash his massive R63 million tax bill, his failure to submit his tax returns during at least the first five years of his Presidency, and how Zuma kept receiving a secret monthly pay cheque from a friend despite being paid by the state as president.

Pauw also alleges that Sars commissioner Tom Moyane is aiding Zuma to avoid his tax obligations.

By Siphelele Dludla, Independent

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