ANGER OVER SARS LEGAL BILL
SARS group executive for employment relations Luther Lebelo has said he is prepared to go to war.
Lebelo made the comment to the Nugent Commission of Inquiry yesterday over the R759 000 bill he received from law firm Mashiane, Moodley and Monama for help in gathering evidence for his submission last month.
“We are going to go to war over that invoice,” he said.
“How can files that were readily available cost so much?”
In seeking private legal assistance, Lebelo overlooked internal Sars legal services offered to staff members.
Lebelo had hired the legal team to gather and prepare documents containing evidence that linked former Sars employees Ivan Pillay and Peter Richer to the so called rogue unit.
Judge Robert Nugent, who is heading the commission, put it to Lebelo that it seemed the lawyers were instructed to build a case against Richer and Pillay.
Earlier, acting chief officer Fabian Murray disclosed that there was still “an atmosphere of fear” at Sars despite the suspension of commissioner Tom Moyane. He said people knew that Moyane’s “henchmen” were still around. – FIN24