The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has suspended a staff member with immediate effect pending the outcome of a court case against him for the illegal possession of perlemoen.
Frederick Botha was arrested on April 23rd and appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on April 24th. Botha was not asked to plead and was given bail of R5000 and the case was remanded to May 26.
The SARS is working closely with the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Service, as always, on this case and wants to see justice take its course.
The SARS does not tolerate corruption and is committed to a clean administration. In the past year alone, the organisation has fired more than 40 staff members and started a number of criminal prosecutions which are at various stages of completion.
The SARS invites members of the public with information about possible cases of graft involving SARS officials to come forward and help the organisation in its drive to weed corrupt elements out of its ranks. Members of the public with information should call the SARS hotline at 0800 001960.
ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE