In an unexpected turn of events, the Deputy Tom Soy (South African Revenue Service), Tom Moyane, retired to charge the former spokeswoman Adrian Lackay with libel and withdrew the R12 million case.
Lawyers for Sars and Moyane have withdrawn civil proceedings against Lackay, he said on Sunday.
Lackay had a target on his back after a few months after Moyane was in office, he had sent a letter to the Parliament's standing committee for intelligence, describing the role of the commissioner in attacking the state institution, while accusations of a "rogue unit" within Sars were rejected, as stated. by Moyane and Sunday newspapers.
Moyane and Sars filed a R12 million lawsuit against Lackay and claimed defamation.
But according to a message from the High Court in Pretoria, dated September 27, the two prosecutors, Moyane and Sars, decided to withdraw the accusations against Lackay. The reasons are unknown.
When he contacted yesterday, Moyane hung up immediately when The Citizen made our introduction.
He also did not respond to phone calls or text messages. Acting Sars commissioner Mark Kingon was also unable to provide further information, stating that he was unaware.
"I have no information at hand, I'll have to get an update from the legal people, the last time I dealt with this was two weeks ago," he told the citizen.
Lackay's last attempt to free Sars from his current predicament began with his remarks to the then chairman of the standing commission for intelligence, Yunus Carrim and Cornelia September, chairman of the joint standing committee for intelligence, on March 23, 2015.
But the current lawsuit put Lackay and his family under pressure and "was not easy," he told The Citizen.
"It was also difficult for my family, but I had the great support of my former Sars colleagues and my wife, it is a relief but I still feel pretty emotional at this point."
"Unfortunately, the parliamentary committees chose not to consider or deal with the content of my submission, instead, Dr. Dion George, a former prosecutor [Democratic Alliance] member of the [standing committee on finance], released my letter to the media and Sars and Moyane responded by challenging civil proceedings against me, "Lackay said.
It was also unfortunate that many of the concerns outlined in March 2015 regarding Sars and its ability to collect revenue "appear to have been manifested as evidence and testimony before the current Nugent Commission of Inquiry of Sars has shown," he said.
Substantial damage was caused not only to Sars, but also to the careers and reputations of many former and current Sars colleagues, says Lackay.
"My former Sars colleagues, Messers Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg, in particular, are still being prosecuted and are still facing criminal charges in court based on the allegations of a & # 39; fraudulent unit & # 39 ;, despite the fact that such accusations are extensively refuted, they need our constant support and vigilance to ensure that justice also applies to them and their families, "said Lackay.
When Lackay's entry from 2015 was leaked to the media by the DA, it contained surprising insights into behind-the-scenes machinations of what pointed to Sars' targeting as a credible institution – allegedly helped and supported by Moyane.
Lackay then explained his submission: "The context of my employment with Sars as the official media liaison officer and spokesperson, and for the specific period since September 2014, which coincides with the appointment of Mr. Tom Moyane (the statutory auditor).
"During the last part of 2014, I was caused by the commissioner to make statements to the media and it became clear to me at a later stage that such public statements contain inaccurate and incorrect information."
No action seemed to have been taken by either committee, which led to the Commission of Inquiry in Tax Administration and Governance at Sars. – Additional reporting, ANA