PRETORIA - Corruption Watch said that the SARS and the State Security Agency (SSA) are reinforcing the narrative that President Jacob Zuma is allowed to act with impunity and is not held accountable.
SARS and the SSA are threatening to lay criminal charges against investigative journalist Jacques Pauw and NB Publishers, over the book, The President’s Keepers.
The book alleges that Zuma was on the payroll of a security company owned by one of his supporters and that he was paid R1-million a month for a period after becoming president.
It also claims Zuma failed to submit tax returns for years after he became president, despite SARS trying to get him to do so.
Corruption Watch said SARS and the president must come clean about the allegations in the book.
"The danger is always in the cover-up, when you have to hide proceeds of corruption of the scale that is taking place in SA.
"It is more difficult to hide it than to generate that kind of illicit income. The cover-up is always a disaster. Too many people know where too many bodies are buried. They had to destroy SARS to cover up their doings," said Corruption Watch's David Lewis.