The Public Protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Henk Kruger African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town – Sars has launched an investigation into the income tax affairs of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, dating back to 2011.

Sars has ordered her to hand over copies of all relevant material including financial information, employment income, foreign income, business income, expenses, deductions and other income.

Mkhwebane’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, on Saturday said the public protector believed Sars’s move was an indication she was being “lynched” as part of “concerted efforts to instil fear in her following some investigations of hers”.

He added Mkhwebane had refused to give the Hawks a statement because they are “abusing resources on frivolous cases”.

This comes just over a month after the Hawks moved on Mkhwebane, requesting a warning statement related to a case of alleged perjury and defeating the ends of justice laid against her by advocate Paul Hoffman in August.