Inquiry report urges Ramaphosa to fire suspended tax head

For the ‘reckless mismanagement of Sars’, says judge Nugent.
Suspended head of Sars, Tom Moyane. Picture: Jacques Nelles

An inquiry reviewing evidence on Tom Moyane, suspended head of South Africa’s Revenue Service (Sars), issued an interim report on Tuesday urging President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire the tax official.

The agency has been plagued by infighting over the last three years and is subject to ongoing government investigations.

Judge Robert Nugent, who is heading the inquiry into Moyane, says the suspended tax chief should be removed from office for the “reckless mismanagement of Sars” under his tenure.

“We consider it imperative that a new commissioner be appointed without delay to remove the uncertainty at Sars and enable it to be set on a firm course of recovery so as to arrest ongoing loss of revenue,” Nugent said in the report.

In March, Ramaphosa suspended Moyane, saying he had failed as commissioner of the revenue service and had lost the confidence of taxpayers.

Moyane was not available for comment on Tuesday. He has repeatedly defended his record and denied any wrongdoing.

The president’s office said Ramaphosa was weighing up the contents of the interim report and its recommendations.

As part of that process, Ramaphosa had given a copy of the interim report to Moyane, and invited him to make any submissions on its recommendations.

Moyane, who was appointed in 2014, had been criticised by Sars employees and members of the ANC after the tax agency missed revenue collection targets and faced allegations of corruption and mismanagement. 

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So, our delightful President, Squirrel Rumpandposes, will now sit back for what will seem like an endless amount of time, telling everyone that he will be applying his mind to the report, and then do sweet squat all other than giving his cadre a lovely golden handshake. Tom Moyane’s contract never allowed him to mismanage SARS, hence he should have been fired when the report came out yesterday. Each day that this delay continues costs the taxpayer money. Empty the trash can Squirrel.

CR you hired Judge Nugent to apply HIS mind and give you an answer. You don’t need to do it all again, just fire the slimeball.

If you need to apply your mind to matters that already have has a mind applied to them then you must do it yourself in the first place.

Surely there are criminal deeds and matters for civil action – take him to court to lock him up and recover some of the losses.

what kind of president do we have? Is he to dumb himself to see that Moyane needs to go?

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