File: The report was used to accuse a number of SARS officials of spying.
JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Tito Mboweni agrees that the Revenue Service needs so-called "intrusive capacity".
He says SARS could use the powers not only to deal with concealed taxpayer income, but also to counter illegitimate trade in commodities such as tobacco and counterfeit goods.
Mboweni was responding to a Parliamentary question by the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
The EFF member’s question is in reference to findings of the Nugent commission suggesting that SARS should, within limits, be entitled to operating a unit that gathers intelligence on the illicit trades.