The allegations against South African Revenue Service (Sars) second in command, chief business officer Jonas Makwakwa, are not new and the Democratic Alliance will continue pursuing the matter, the party said on Sunday.

“South African Revenue Service Commissioner Tom Moyane was reportedly handed a preliminary report alleging that the chief officer of business, individual taxes, and digital information systems Jonas Makwakwa received ‘suspicious and unusual payments’ in the amount of R1.2 million between 2010 and 2016,” DA spokesman David Maynier said.

“These allegations are not new and were raised with the South African Revenue Service Commissioner Tom Moyane during a [parliamentary] standing committee on finance meeting on 23 August 2016,” he said.

“I will, therefore, submit a parliamentary question to the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan probing whether the preliminary report on the ‘suspicious and unusual payments’ was received; whether the investigation recommended in the preliminary report is being conducted; and why if an investigation is being conducted, Jonas Makwakwa has not been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, from Sars,” Maynier said.

According to the Sunday Times, a preliminary report recommended an investigation to determine whether the payments were proceeds from crimes arising from corrupt activities or acts of money laundering.

The report alleged Makwakwa received unexplained cash deposits and bank transfers into his FNB account totaling R1.2 million between 2010 and January this year.