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Sars vs Lackay, civil claim for paedo allegations, DA councillor's gang plea

Sars vs Adrian Lackay tussles continues

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: in addition to suing it's former spokesperson Adrian Lackay for defamation, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and it's Commisioner Tom Moyane are also pursuing criminal charges against Lackay. The timing has come into question, as they followed after Lackay's submission of evidence implicating Sars to Parliament in various matters of wrongdoing:

I made submissions to Parliament; I wanted to put facts and information in my possession to the Committees. They have the ultimate responsibility of oversight over the state institutions and of course what we've seen is now I'm being told that I defamed Sars, I defamed the Sars Commissioner and a summons was served against me. But the support from the public has been overwhelming and encouraging, even in social media. But these are tactics that are being employed, I believe to silence people like me from putting facts into the public domain, so people can know what is being done with their tax money.

Sars Spokesperson, Luther Lebelo:

I want to add that we are not only suing him; we are also adding criminal charges against him and the matter is with the police. You'll remember that Mr Lackay penned a letter a month after he resigned making serious allegations, amongst them claims that the Commissioner of Sars was issuing false information in the public. He also mentioned some information about some taxpayers, with regards to the British American Tobacco. In terms of the laws that govern our work at Sars, an employee cannot disclose information about any taxpayers while they are employees of Sars; that's what the criminal charges are for.

Civil action to be pursued in paedophile allegations against Sidney Frankel

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: following an investigation by Noseweek alleging multiple incidents of paedophilic abuse by stockbroker an philanthropist, Sidney Frankel, a six-person civil action is to be filed in the next two weeks. A caller named Derrick spoke of his experience of abuse dating back over 20 years ago, during the John Robbie Show:

I grew up in an institution called Arcadia Jewish Children's Home and Mr Frankel who was a patron there, was frequently present there and he had the means and the access to children. He had access to me and he needs to have the opportunity to face his accusers.

Attorney Ian Lewitt, representing Sidney Frankel victims says that a civil action will be instituted:

In the summons that is going to be issued in the next two weeks, there are six plaintiffs. I do represent more survivors, but the other survivors were just not able to go forward with this action.

Attorney Billy Gundelfinger, representing Sidney Frankel:

He's not going to debate these allegations in the media; if there's any merit in these allegations, then he is going to take them up in the appropriate forum. The summons will be in the public domain and the allegations will be dealt with in the proper domain. I'm not going to be answering or entering into a plea of 'guilty' or 'not guilty' in the media.

DA councillor could face suspension following a plea over a gangster

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Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: a letter appealing for a lighter sentence for Reyaaz Dennis - a member of the 28s gang who was found guilty with gang boss George "Geweld" Thomas and 15 others - seems to have resulted in Belhar DA ward councillor Willie Jaftha being issued with a letter from the Speaker's office informing him that he is to appear before a disciplinary committee. DA Western Cape Chairperson, Anton Bredell:

This is a serious transgression of the Code of Conduct for Councillors, so the Speaker will deal with that part that's why he's put together a disciplinary committee and I've also called for an urgent PEC meeting tonight, where will fight on his suspension or not and to also put him in front of a disciplinary committee that will handle this case through our federal structures.

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