The South African Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic and everyone is subject to both the Constitution and the law, this includes Minister Pravin Gordhan, said the Academic Professional Staff Trade Union (APSA).
This is after APSA said on Sunday that it will submit evidence to the state capture commission inquiry, which directly incriminates Gordhan.
“We have received damning evidence by concerned citizens that we will submit to the state capture commission relating to fraud, corruption and violation of Public Financial Management Act (PFMA) at the South African Revenue Service implicating
Minister Pravin Gordhan”, said APSA.
According to the union, the allegations overall involves;
-The R8 billion spend on SARS IT without following proper procurement processes
-The deceitful removal of Oracle in favour of Accenture
-The R1.5 billion worth of work given to an IT company that is linked to both Minister Gordhan and former SARS Chief Operation Officer without the company going for any tender. The contract of this company has been extended for another 12 years without any tender processes
-The unprecedented purchase of an IT company for R72 million in 2007 when the company was worth R2 Million.
-R8 Billion spend by SARS on IT costs despite the organization also spending money on its own internal IT company called Interface, the same company that was purchased by Minister Pravin Gordhan in 2007. This means tax payer are billed twice for two companies at SARS which both provide IT services.
“We are also shocked that such compelling allegations of abuse of power and mismanagement have never been tested either by the Public Protector or in any court of law against a person who continues to point at others as being corrupt. However we are pleased with the NPA for charging SARS Rogue Unit members for their unlawful and illegal behaviour as well as the probe for an alleged fraud of R1.2 million against Mr Gordhan and Mr Pillay including the recent announcement by the Public Protector’s office that they will finally investigate the extensive and damning allegations against Minister Pravin”.
The union said that it was pleased that the whistle-blowers who have trusted them with the sensitive information are also willing to testify at the Zondo commission.
“We hope Minister Pravin Gordhan will subject himself to the law which will also afford him an opportunity to clear his name as opposed to using the media to seek public sympathy”.
APSA said that they are concerned about the relationship of Mr Gordhan and Bain & Company which recently confessed to putting SARS in a revenue shortfall of more than R50 Billion.
“Even though we are still gathering evidence, the damning evidence at our disposal shows some unethical trend between Mr Gordhan and Bain & Company. It is incredible that Minister Gordhan appointed Bain & Comapny in 2009 when SARS Commissioner and recently in 2017 at SAA through Treasury. This is the same company that in 2001 was kicked out of South African Airways by the then Minister of Public Services, Jeff Radebe, for putting the National Carrier in a financial and administrative crisis”.