SARS loses against Richer, suspension overturned, ordered to pay costs

The new political appointment at SA Revenue Services, Tom Moyane was given a bloody nose in the Labour Court when SARS was ordered to pay the legal costs in the case brought by group executive Peter Richer against his recent suspension. Richer’s colleague, long-serving SARS Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay, will have his appeal against the suspension hearing heard this afternoon. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille argues in her strongly worded newsletter that the suspensions of Richer and Pillay were part of a scheme by President Jacob Zuma to assert control of South Africa’s tax collection service. – AH  

By Genevieve Quintal of the SA Press Association:

The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has withdrawn the suspension of strategic planning and risk group executive Peter Richer.

A draft order was made by the Labour Court in Johannesburg and SARS was ordered to pay Richer’s costs. This was after a settlement was reached between Richer and SARS.

Richer approached the court to challenge his suspension. Deputy SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay will still challenge his suspension in the court this afternoon.
On December 5, SARS commissioner Tom Moyane announced the suspension of Pillay and Richer. This followed the appointment by Pillay of a panel to investigate allegations reported in the media about a special projects unit and its alleged illegal activities at Sars. – SAPA

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