Democratic Alliance has welcomed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s announcement on Tuesday that President Jacob Zuma will appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration at the South African Revenue Service (Sars).
DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Finance Alf Lees said although issues were not new and that they have been plaguing Sars for some time now, his party welcomed the announcement of the appointment of commission of inquiry.
• The mass exodus of Senior and effective employees;
• Reports by the Auditor-General of unlawful bonuses paid out to Sars executives;
• Undue delays and wrongful obstructions to tax refunds;
• As well as factually incorrect communication surrounding people’s tax returns.
“The problems are clearly not new and have only worsened through the course of this year,” said Less.
Lees said the latest estimates, announced in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, pencil was a staggering revenue shortfall in excess of R50 billion for the current financial year.
“In light of the continuing deterioration of the situation at Sars, the terms of reference that will guide the inquiry need to be defined and must be made public as soon as possible.With the wide range of issues plaguing the Sars, the leadership of the institution must be thoroughly investigated, and the scope of the inquiry must extend at least as far back as when Tom Moyane was first appointed as the Commissioner of Sars,” said Lees.
It was imperative in ensuring transparency and openness over an issue that has to date been mired in a cloud of confidentiality.
He added that the deterioration of the public’s trust in Sars must be halted to avoid further shortfalls in revenue collections