Hlengani Mathebula who was responsible for enforcement at the Sars, was testifying at the Nugent Commission of Inquiry.
“Shortly after joining (Sars), in or around March 2016, I was appointed to act in the role of a chief officer: enforcement. This I did till June 2017. The functions in this portfolio included investigative audits, debt management, criminal investigations, compliance audit, excise and business support,” Mathebula testified before the inquiry, chaired by retired Judge Robert Nugent in Pretoria.
“My working relationship with (Moyane) started off the same way as most working relationships between an employee and employer starts - cordial, full of enthusiasm, optimism, goodwill and determination to work together for the betterment of Sars and the country. However, in and around May 2016, various developments ensued which soured the relationship between myself and the commissioner.”
Mathebula said at times he ex- pressed different opinions to that of Moyane, and other Sars executives “which was seen as opposition and, in some instances, even betrayal”. He said various investigations were instituted against him, and subsequently his portfolio was broken down.