President Cyril Ramaphosa had no option but to fire suspended South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane, the Standing Committee on Finance said on Friday during a review meeting of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.
The Committee said “We found in our own experience” Moyane’s management and allegations against his colleagues, Jonas Makwakwa and Kerry-Ann Elskie, many inconsistencies and much evasion that reflected badly on Sars.
“We feel that the President had no choice but to dismiss Moyane given the almost unanimous views expressed at the Nugent Commission he had mismanaged Sars the amount of revenue shortfall now emerging,” said the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim.
Carrim said Sars’ failure to respond accurately to our concerns on this matter consumed a considerable amount of our time.
“We also expressed serious concern at our meeting this morning [Friday] that Sars may have been misleading the committee in its persistent denials it was withholding value-added tax returns to inflate its achievement of revenue targets, said Carrim.
The Standing Committee on Finance requests the President to appoint a new Sars Commissioner as soon as possible