President Cyril Ramaphosa has fired suspended Tom Moyane as Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS}
Moyane’s dismissal on Thursday follows the recommendation made by the SARS Commission chaired by Judge Robert Nugent that immediate action to prevent any further deterioration of our tax administration system.
In a letter to Moyane President Ramaphosa said the interim report of the Nugent Commission “paints a concerning a picture of the current state of SARS and the reckless mismanagement which characterised your tenure as Commissioner of SARS.”
“Of further, and greater concern is your refusal to take part in the SARS Commission to assist with identifying the root causes of the systemic failures at SARS and ways in which to arrest these,” he said.
President Ramaphosa also stated in his letter that the representations submitted by Moyane in response to the recommendations of the Nugent Commission fail to deal with the substantive issues the report raises.
“The interim report clarifies that there is considerable evidence, which the SARS Commission gathered, showing that to resolve the challenges at SARS, it would be best to terminate your services,” he said.
The Acting Commissioner for SARS remains in place until the vacancy of National Commissioner is filled.