Madonsela knew SARS was probing Zuma tax affairs

File: Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela says she hasn’t read Jacques Pauw’s, ‘The President’s Keepers’, but says it again confirms the need for a state capture investigation. Photo: Gallo Images / City Press / Leon Sadiki

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, confirmed that she was informed that SARS was investigating tax liability, on the president's Nkandla fringe benefit.

Madonsela also said she hasn’t read Jacques Pauw’s, ‘The President’s Keepers’, but says it again confirms the need for a state capture investigation.

READ: Public Protector calls for urgent state capture inquiry

“It was drawn to my attention that Sars was examining the tax requirements because that’s normal that president had his estate.. And that becomes a benefit so its normal that that would be assessed and pay tax on that.

I also want to say something that Pauw said in his book that I haven’t read... If he’s saying what he’s saying, that what we found was a tip of the iceberg, that’s what the report says. That’s the basis on which I requested a commission of inquiry. The basis on which I explained to the president that the PP with its limited resources cannot tackle this matter because we have found that there’s a lot that is going on or evidence of state capture and a need for a commission or a bigger investigation,” said Madonsela.

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