ANC denies being at SARS’ mercy

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The African National Congress (ANC) is hitting back at recent media reports claiming that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is now seriously gunning for the ruling party over its massive R102 million tax bill.

It was reported that SARS gave the ANC an ultimatum – either settle the amount or have its assets attached. It is certainly no secret that the governing party’s financial situation leaves much to be desired – it has struggled to pay approximately 300 staff members in recent months, but eventually managed to cough up.

According to Daily Maverick, the SARS tax bill reportedly includes employees’ tax, UIF and other levies.

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ANC SLAMS ‘DIVISIVE’ DAILY MAVERICK REPORT

While the ANC doesn’t deny being in the red (over its SARS bill), it does dismiss the Daily Maverick report, which claims it was given the ultimatum.

“The African National Congress (ANC) has noted an article that appeared in one of the online newspaper accusing the organisation of being a “tax evader” and further that the South African Revenue Services (SARC) has issued a 10 day ultimatum for the payment of over 100 million in tax debt. The ANC is neither aware nor informed of such an ultimatum by SARS and therefore dismisses such inaccurate, malicious, dubious and divisive media reports with the contempt they deserve”

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe

The governing party further added that matters related to its tax and financial affairs are often handled by its Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile, who has been engaging the taxman on their situation.

“The ANC TGO has on previous occasions entered into legally permissible payment arrangements with SARS to pay-off its arrears. The ANC will continue to pay all taxes and debts owed to SARS, and certainly finds the allegation of tax evasion rendered against the movement, abhorrent and irresponsible,” Mabe added.

Sympathies are in short supply across the board, too. Never one to offer the ANC a shoulder to cry on, OneSA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane has demanded that ‘no special treatment’ is afforded to our governing party.

“The ANC must pay like everyone else is expected to. There must be no special treatment. The country needs that money for healthcare, for education and more,” he said.

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