Protection from yourself: SARS head of IT features in new dance track!

The SARS head of IT, who recently went viral after her bizarre interviews, has now been featured in new dance track!


Video clips of Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane being interviewed on SABC’s Morning LIVE and then testifying at the Nugent Commission of Inquiry have left many South Africans completely dumbfounded, and even caused one South African to add her bizarre answers into a dance track (which actually isn’t bad)!

It all started when an SABC interview with the SARS chief officer for digital and IT went viral on social media after she seemed unable to answer questions about the tax collector’s IT and e-Filing infrastructure. Speaking to Sakina Kamwendo on SABC’s Morning Live programme early on Wednesday morning last week, Makhekhe-Mokhuane failed to give coherent answers to questions about the enormous IT problems at SARS.

She said she didn’t get the necessary budget to upgrade the digital infrastructure at SARS.

“So, at the moment, what we are doing is to make sure that whatever is dying tomorrow, we put up, we make sure that there’s a back-up for it,” she said.

She constantly repeated that she was only appointed in 2017 in answer to questions during the 14-minute interview. When asked about the impact of the abrupt halt to the modernisation programme, she responded by saying insourcing at SARS was necessary to give employees’ children bursaries.

When asked again about what needs to be done to fix SARS’ IT infrastructure, Makhekhe-Mokhuane told Kamwendo:

“Ma-am, can you give me protection from yourself.”

The confusing interview was followed by another bizarre video as Makhekhe-Mokhuane also testified at the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into tax administration and governance at SARS.

When asked for an explanation about her comments relating to “people who have been at SARS for many years” and replied with information about the Drakensburg Boy’s Choir.

“Drakensberg Boys Choir was established in 1867 and in 2018 girls are still not allowed to sing.” The comment was met with puzzlement, and she then abandoned the analogy.

The commission also heard that during her time at SARS, out of 14 meetings she attended only four. When asked about her attendance at meetings, Makhekhe-Mokhuane said she understood the commission should focus on governance and not what she does as a chief officer.

“I want to put it on record that I am not going to sit here and discuss whether I attended meetings, and operational meetings for that matter, because as and when I get assignments, I get them through the commissioner. I think this is beyond a waste of your time. Your time, in my understanding of your terms of reference, is to look at the governance, but not what I do as a chief officer, including when I go to the bathroom. Wth due respect, sir. Please protect me. Please.”

Some of her bizarre answers have been cut and used in a new dance track created by “Daaf Vapor”. Listen to the new song below:

Sources: Sound Cloud | SABC
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