Vavi e-tolling Twitter comments “unfortunate” – SARS

Vavi e-tolling Twitter comments “unfortunate” – SARS

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has dismissed suggestions Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary general of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), was suspended because of his stance on e-tolling.

A Twitter user suggested Vavi’s suspension was a result of his stance against the controversial e-tolling system set to be implemented on Gauteng’s freeways, but SARS spokesperson Adrian Lackay denied this.

“SARS seeks to apply the tax and customs laws it administers with fairness, in a transparent and even-handed manner without any external influence,” the Times Live quoted Lackay as saying.

“No single person in SARS can decide who to investigate, who to audit, who to settle tax debts with and who not to… There is absolutely no legal basis for SARS to target any taxpayer for political reasons.”

The same Twitter user suggested president Jacob Zuma, who signed the e-toll bill into law, will send his “dogs” (SARS) after Vavi should he continue to express his opposition.

Vavi tweeted:


A Twitter user then responded:



Vavi then responded to the user’s Tweet:


In another Tweet Vavi said he pays his tax “religiously” every year, and does so with the help of professionals.

“It is unfortunate that high profile public figures in this country use social media platforms to try and conjure up conspiracies about their tax positions. Any taxpayer is legally entitled to raise any tax issue directly with SARS at any level of the organisation in order to resolve a tax dispute,” said Lackay.

Vavi’s was placed on leave by COSATU in August after he said he had an affair with a colleague.


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