South African Revenue Service (Sars) IT head Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane has apologised for the way she acted while being asked questions about the institution’s crumbling digital infrastructure this week.
“My conduct, posture and demeanour during both the Morning Live interview and Nugent Commission may have given an impression of arrogance, nonchalance and unprofessionalism, and brought my competence and expertise into question,” she said in a statement on Saturday.
“This is unfortunate and regrettable. For this I take full responsibility. I apologise to everyone who was disappointed or offended by how I handled both situations. There is no excuse or justification for this.”
South Africans reacted with outrage, disbelief and concern for her health after a video of Makhekhe-Mokhuane speaking to Sakina Kamwendo on SABC’s Morning Live on Wednesday morning went viral.
Kamwendo and others in the studio are heard laughing at her comment.