PRETORIA - The South African Revenue Service's (Sars) human resources head, Luther Lebelo on Monday, told the Nugent Commission of Inquiry that a law firm exceeded its mandate and was not asked to build a case to prove that the rogue unit existed.
Lebelo received the services of lawyer David Maphakela -- a partner at Mashiane, Moodley & Monama Inc -- which cost R759 000, for one month’s services.
Lebelo told the inquiry that reports which state that he spent close to R1 million to clear his name before the commission, were untrue.
He said the files on the rogue unit were not to clear his name, but he was doing it on behalf of Sars and thought they would be able to help the commission.
Retired judge Robert Nugent, who is chairing the commission, read instructions that Lebelo gave to Maphakela and it indicated that he was not solely instructed to collect documents.