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Hawks must investigate Guptas R70 million tax refund

Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on the Hawks to investigate the Gupta tax refund, implicating the family in a questionable R70 million payout a year ago from the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

DA Shadow Minister of Police Zakhele Mbhele said in a statement on Friday they were encouraged by the Hawks and SARS move, arresting nine suspects connected to a VAT scam that has cost the economy R90 million.

“We are encouraged by this move and hopeful that more similar arrest will occur soon,” said Mbhele.

He said the investigations must incorporate how the Guptas got the vital court orders to access information that is with SARS.

“SARS paid this cash into the account of Oakbay Investments,” said Mbhele.

He added that payouts are just exchanged to the record of the taxpayer and not into the record of the outsider or intermediary.

“The DA finds the personal involvement by SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane, in intervening and securing the payment into the Gupta account far from regular,” said Mbhele.

He said SARS can’t be utilised to propel specific motivation for government officials and the individuals who are politically associated, for example, the Gupta family.

“The extent of corruption and State Capture by the Guptas have collapsed establishments and State-Owned-Enterprises, which has adversely impacted on the country’s economy and jobs,” said Mbhele.

Mbhele said that is the reason the Guptas should fully account for every cent that they have unduly profited by taking the fruits of the hard work of innocent South Africans.

“Police Minister Fikile Mbalula must show decisive leadership and offer both the Hawks and SARS all the important help expected to build up and facilitate the investigation concerning R70 million Gupta tax refund,” said Mbhele.

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