President Ramaphosa Finally Fires SARS Boss Tom Moyane

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly fired controversial suspended South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner, Tom Moyane.

Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko confirmed Ramaphosa’s recent decision to Business Day on Thursday.

According to Business Day President Ramaphosa had eventually accepted and put in motion the suggestion of the Sars commission of inquiry’s chair, retired judge Robert Nugent, to show Moyane the door, and served him with a notice of termination of employment on Thursday.

Moyane was suspended in March and has been placed on leave since May after a string of scandals around his running of Sars, including a  R50 billion unaccountable hole in revenue collection in 2017 and a decline in taxpayer compliance under his watch. Stabilising Sars has been flagged as a key priority by the Treasury.

Nugent recommended that in order to stabilise the institution, Ramaphosa should fire Moyane and replace him with a permanent commissioner.

Nugent described Moyane’s leadership of Sars as disturbing and to the detriment of revenue collections.

“The day Mr Moyane took office was a calamity for Sars. Almost immediately, and then continuously for the next 18 months, Sars was thrown into turmoil with tragic consequences for the lives of many people, tragic consequences for the reputation of Sars and tragic consequences for the country at large,” Nugent said in his report.

The judge further noted that while replacing Moyane would not by itself restore Sars it was a non-negotiable necessity for the process of recovery to begin.

Summarising Moyane’s term of office, Nugent said Moyane’s  legacy of failure and corruption has turned the tax institution which was once hailed as a world-class system, “on its head.”

Moyane’s legal team expressed that they would be approaching the Constitutional Court of South Africa if their client was dismissed. The ex-SARS chief has blasted the inquiry as “a waste of everyone’s time”, and won’t be taking this one lying down

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