2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


SA REVENUE SERVICE BOOKS NOT IN ORDER

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR. GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
SPOKESPERSON FOR FINANCE

The UDM condemns in the strongest possible terms the state of SARS accounts, which has led to the announcement by the Auditor General that he cannot express any opinion.

We find it unacceptable that this institution should suffer problems with bookkeeping. Bookkeeping is integral to the functioning of the SA Revenue Service, it is not as if they can claim to be busy with other priorities!

The assurance that the problem is being addressed is no consolation, and must under no circumstances become an excuse. What is more, this means that the Auditor General must do another audit, yet another unnecessary expenditure.

The South African Revenue Service must realise that this is nothing short of an indictment. And this after the Minister of Finance heaped praises on SARS. Questions will now have to be asked about the appropriateness of the huge bonuses that SARS officials received for their work last year. It would be unfortunate if the efforts of one group, who increased their productivity phenomenally, were to be made irrelevant by shortcomings by another group of SARS officials. Or perhaps there was no increase in productivity, perhaps the supposed increase in tax collected is the result of bad bookkeeping?

The South African Revenue Service must apologise publicly, and commit itself publicly to fixing the problem immediately.

Enquiries:
Dr Gerhard Koornhof

Cape Town
10 May 2000