A SOUTH African Revenue Services official faces the axe after he allegedly gave the wrong VAT number - via a cellphone - to a company that later won a multi-million rand contract with the Mpumalanga government.
Elias Dlamini, who is attached to Sars offices in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, confirmed that he was the official who had manually given Smartly Fabulous Trading the incorrect VAT number.
According to an integrity management unit report, which in-vestigated allegations of irregularities, nepotism, tribalism, and mismanagement in the pro-vince's sport and culture department, Dlamini sent the wrong VAT number to Smartly Fabulous.
Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said: "If the report is true the official will be taken to task and may even be dismissed if found guilty."
The KZN-based company has, as a result of the error won a R26million contract to supply sports equipment for rural outreach programmes.
But investigators found that the department failed to compare prices with other bidders, and Smartly Fabulous was not the cheapest in terms of price.
"The total saving on the first year would have been R3,9million had the department compared prices," the report says.