Pretoria - The Public Servants Association (PSA) has expressed concern about reported investigations by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane into South African Revenue Service (Sars) human resources processes and the appointment of new Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter, while "her own office should be investigated for the fitness to hold office of its CEO Vussy Mahlangu and his security clearance status".
The union described Mkhwebane’s conduct as "hypocritical and a ploy to derail efforts" by Sars to restore its credibility and regain taxpayers’ confidence in executing its collection of revenue mandate.
"The PSA has full confidence in the current Sars management and discourages any form of harassment and abuse of power against SARS by the [office of the public protector] or any other institution for ulterior motives," the PSA said in a statement.
The PSA was further concerned that its shop stewards at the office of the public protector were being victimised and even suspended for performing their functions as union representatives.
"The PSA regards these actions as a means to prevent the union from speaking out against ongoing improprieties in the workplace, including unlawful surveillance of phone calls, laptops being taken without any repercussions or reasons for such acts," the PSA said.