Integrity 22.08.2018

Reading through news sites, twitter and other social media there is a common theme of corruption and fraud.  Lack of integrity seems to becoming a social norm.  I ask, with tears in my eyes, how can humans be so dishonest, unethical and lack basic social skills that they take, indiscriminately from other humans.  Often those who take, have more than they can use, yet they continue to take and marginalize those who do not have and dis-empower the poor even more.

Our very own watch dog who collects funds for the government, South African Revenue Services (SARS) has done exactly what we as tax payers are not supposed to do.  How can they be telling us, the tax paying public to be honest, when they themselves are not honest?

“SARS GUILTY OF BREAKING ITS OWN LAWS

The Auditor General found that the SA Revenue Service in 2017 flouted the Income Tax Act by overstating its compliance figures in public documents. The findings, in an AG report dated March 2017, came to light yesterday during public hearings in Pretoria for the Nugent inquiry. Tax compliance refers to making payments to the revenue service in full and on time in line with relevant legislation.  SARS apparently stated that its compliance level was at 91.14%, which according to the Auditor General is not true. The commission of inquiry, appointed by president Cyril Ramaphosa, is probing the state of corporate governance, revenue shortfalls and allegations of misconduct at SARS. (Fin24)”

This is nothing short of disgusting.  Heads need to roll and with immediate effect.  It’s time government servants were made to pay and pay dearly for their greed and lack of integrity.  Lead by example!

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