The precautionary suspension of three key allies of former South African Income Providers (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane signifies that reform on the tax company is lastly taking form.
Among the many first large choices taken by newly appointed Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter was to halt using his govt committee, which remained full of Moyane loyalists, and search recommendation from them solely on an advert hoc foundation.
He additionally arrange devoted capability in his workplace to determine issues and circumstances arising from the Zondo fee of inquiry into state seize in addition to the Sars fee of inquiry into governance and administration, chaired by retired Choose Robert Nugent.
This week Sars introduced the suspension of its chief officer for governance, worldwide relations, technique and communication, Hlengani Mathebula; its chief officer for human capital and growth, Teboho Mokoena; and the group govt for worker relations, Luther Lebelo.
Each Mathebula and Lebelo have been criticised within the Nugent report for his or her conduct throughout the Moyane period. Mathebula was the top of enforcement on the tax company throughout that interval and Lebelo was dubbed “Moyane’s hitman” by his colleagues earlier than the Nugent inquiry.
Mathebula had admitted earlier than the Nugent inquiry that Moyane had requested him to droop key investigators at Sars with out following due course of.
He additionally informed the fee of inquiry of an incident through which Moyane informed him to go away his cellphone behind and accompany him to the automobile park, the place the now-axed commissioner urged him to log off on a memorandum to empower an investigation unit.