Bain said it had apologised for the mistakes its South African office made in its work with Sars and that it had repaid all fees from the work in 2018 with interest.
The management consultancy said it had not acted illegally at Sars or elsewhere and no evidence has been put forward to the contrary. Lord Hain was speaking to the House of Lords last month, saying that the firm had earned fees of 100 m from state institutions, despite the fact that the firm had brazenly assisted Mr Zuma to organise his decade of shameless looting and corruption.
Bain used their expertise not to improve the functioning of a world-renowned tax authority, as Sars was acknowledged, but to disable its ability to collect tax and pursue tax evaders, all in the service of their corrupt paymasters. After raising the issue with former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Lord Hain received a letter from his office in January, saying that the Cabinet Office had been asked to look into this matter with urgency.