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Zuma: If the public protector wants my tax records, she must have them
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 17: President Jacob Zuma during the official launch of the Invest South Africa One Stop Shop (InvestSA OSS) at the DTI campus on March 17, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. The initiative is part of the government’s drive to improve the business environment by lowering the cost of doing business as well as making the process easier. (Photo by Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius)

Zuma: If the public protector wants my tax records, she must have them

Former president Jacob Zuma defended the public protector’s right to access his tax records in a series of tweets.

Zuma was supposed to appear before the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture this week, but excused himself due to illness.

Still, he has been busy on Twitter, defending public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane who is currently in a legal battle with SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

Last week, Sars launched an urgent court bid to prevent public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from getting Zuma’s tax information. Mkhwebane struck back with a notice of intention to oppose the application.

Zuma tweeted that he heard about the case, but “no one has consulted me about this matter”.

“If the Public Protector wants to see my SARS records she is free to do so. We should not make the job of the PP difficult. If she wants my records, she must have them,” Zuma tweeted.

In October, Mkhwebane was issued a subpoena to obtain Zuma’s taxpayer information, the publication reported.

She is investigating a 2017 complaint from the DA that Zuma allegedly received undeclared money from a security company during (at least) the first four months of his presidency.