Hawks still probing Makwakwa for corruption, money laundering

South African Revenue Services commissioner Tom Moyane

South African Revenue Services commissioner Tom Moyane

SARS head Tom Moyane announced Makwakwa's resignation from his position as chief officer for business and individual tax at a media briefing on Wednesday.

His resignation became effective "immediately as of 14 March 2018 at 11:00".

But Moyane said when he put these to Makwakwa, he announced he had chose to resign.

The former Sars top official was the subject of a Hawks investigation into alleged corruption and money-laundering relating to money paid to his personal bank account.

However, SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane, still remains despite doing everything in his power to protect Makwakwa, even to the point of possibly misleading Parliament.

"At this point, he denied the allegations and indicated to me that he had already made a decision to resign".

The Hawks launched a criminal investigation against Makwakwa.

This comes after fraud and corruption allegations against Moyane, former commissioner of Sars, Jonas Makwaka and Sars employee, Kelly Anne Elskie has resurfaced.

The South African Revenue Service has pledged to submit the Hogan Lovells Report and the Advocate Terry Motau Disciplinary Hearing Report to the Standing Committee on Finance on Friday, 16 March 2018.

"This criminal investigation is ongoing and SARS is fully co-operating with the investigation".

He was suspended previous year but was later reinstated after being cleared of wrongdoing.

For the internal SARS probe, Moyane appointed law firm Hogan Lovells to "conduct an investigation into allegations of impropriety against Mr Makwakwa".

He returned to SARS in November 2017.

"We have never advised and have not been asked to advise on whether Jonas Makwakwa is guilty of any criminal/tax offences and have not exonerated him of any", its South Africa chair, Lavery Modise, previously told Fin24 in a statement.

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