SARS, another head rolls
Tom Moyane is an economist and has been head of the South African Revenue Services (SARS ) since 2014. He was appointed by former president, Jacob Zuma. Moyane was suspended from office in March, 2018.
The current president, President Ramaphosa, gave him the opportunity to redeem himself. But that redemption was not forthcoming and he was removed from office on Nov. 1. This was the 3rd of Zumas’ cronies to be ousted.
“The president’s keeper”
In the past, Zuma tried to ban a now infamous book, “The President’s Keeper” written by Jacques Pauw. This book claimed that Moyane’s appointment was a direct result of Jacob Zuma’s failure to submit tax returns to SARS. This is something which he continually failed to do.
Ramaphosa and the Nugent Commision
The Nuget Commision report made bleak reading for Moyane. It was clear in the report that the only way for SARS to resolve the challenges it faced was to rid itself of Moyane as Commissioner. Ramaphosa told Moyane in his letter, in which he axed him, that the report confirmed his reckless mismanagement of SARS since he took over in 2014. Moyane responded that the report had gone beyond the bounds of its remit, but this was to no avail he was ousted.
Gupta and Zuma are losing their influence
Moyane, it is claimed, did more damage to the economy than Gupta and Zuma together in reducing SRAS to a level where it was unable to collect taxes on behalf of the Government.
Ramaphosa has now lopped two more “rotten branches” from government, one being from the South African Revenue Services and the other one lopped from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by removing Shaun Abrahams. His biggest challenge may be to find replacements, which will put an end to the corruption and mismanagement. Having successfully found such a replacement with the Criminal Department ( HAWKS ) who investigate organised crime, economic crime and corruption, lets hope the new replacements are equally as strong and ethical.