It's a criminal offence to discuss tax payers affairs: SARS

The South African Revenue Services (Sars) have opened a case against Jacques Pauw. Sars filed papers at the Western Cape High Court, arguing that Pauw revealed confidential taxpayers' information in his bookThe President's Keepers, contravening the Tax Administration Act.

Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela says they expressed a deep concern with the revelations in the book. They believe Pauw book is a contravention of the law, specifically the Tax Administration Act.

Section 9 [of the Tax Administration Act] stipulated that no individual - its a criminal offence for any person to divulge or discuss a specific tax payers affairs. In the instance of the book, there is that element.

Sandile Memela, SARS spokesperson

READ: Pauw questions why he was not charged after revealing Malema's tax affairs

Memela says another concern for them is how that information was disclosed. He adds that Sars must be seen taking action when a person inside the organisation is disseminating information.

We asked whether this case is proof that the information presented _ The President's Keeper _is accurate, Memela says it is up to the court to decide.

We have to go to court for that sort detail to be confirmed or denied. When it comes to such information and detail it can only be disclosed or divulged or revealed when you have obtained an order of the high court.

Sandile Memela, SARS spokesperson

Pauw responded saying that his team will fight it. He adds that he has written and revealed numerous high profile tax information of people like Julius Malema and Sars didn't do anything about it. For him, this is telling.

Listen to the full interview below:


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