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Sars spokesperson resigns

Adrian Lackay joins exodus.

Adrian Lackay, longstanding spokesperson for the South African Revenue Service (Sars), has resigned.

Lackay referred questions on the matter to Sars. Sars said it was not its practice to comment on the arrival or departure of staff.

However, Sars issued a statement when senior Sars official, Johann van Loggerenberg, resigned early in February this year, following several months of controversy.

Sars also issued statements when its former chief operating officer, Barry Hore, resigned in December. It also followed this practice when Ivan Pillay, former deputy commissioner and Peter Richer, former group executive: strategic planning and risk were suspended in December last year. 

A number of high-level executives have left Sars in the past few months or have been suspended.

At the time of his resignation, Van Loggerenberg said a mutual agreement was reached to “amicably part ways”.

After media allegations were made against Van Loggerenberg last year, Pillay, the acting commissioner at the time, appointed a panel to investigate the existence and truthfulness of the allegations.

The panel’s terms of reference included (among others) investigating any breaches of confidentiality and any engagement in corrupt activities. Allegations about the existence of a covert unit were also considered.

In December commissioner Tom Moyane, suspended Pillay (by then deputy commissioner) and Richer after he received the findings of the panel’s report.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Moyane as Sars commissioner in September last year.

Stiaan Klue, chief executive of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (Sait), says Lackay’s resignation won’t affect legislative or operational issues at Sars.

Klue expressed his hope that a suitable candidate would be found that was “untainted” by the developments at Sars over the last few months. 

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