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Bye-bye Tom: Ramaphosa fires suspended SARS commissioner Moyane

Presidency statement

President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, Thursday, 1 November 2018, terminated, with immediate effect, the appointment of Mr Tom Moyane as Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

President Cyril Ramaphosa has fired SARS commissioner Tom Moyane

This follows the recommendation made by the SARS Commission chaired by Judge Robert Nugent that immediate action is needed to forestall any further deterioration of our tax administration system.

In a letter to Mr Moyane, President Ramaphosa says that the interim report of the Nugent Commission “paints a deeply concerning picture of the current state of SARS and the reckless mismanagement which characterised your tenure as Commissioner of SARS.”

“Of further, and in many ways greater, concern is your refusal to meaningfully participate in the SARS Commission in order 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 indicated in his letter that the representations submitted by Mr Moyane in response to the recommendations of the Nugent Commission fail entirely to deal with the substantive issues the report raises.

“The interim report makes clear that there is considerable evidence, which the SARS Commission gathered, indicating that in order 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 such time as the vacancy of National Commissioner is filled.


Ramaphosa fires South African tax boss Moyane after Judge Report

By Mike Cohen and Paul Vecchiatto

(Bloomberg) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa fired the head of the nation’s tax agency, Tom Moyane, after a recommendation by a judicial inquiry into the South African Revenue Service.

“Mr. Moyane’s dismissal is with immediate effect,” Khusela Diko, the president’s spokeswoman, said by phone Thursday from Pretoria. “The president cannot anticipate if Mr. Moyane will challenge the dismissal in court. The president has not indicated when or who he will appoint as a permanent head of SARS.”

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