CAPE TOWN: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane has been suspended with immediate effect on Monday.
“I can confirm that the president has informed Mr Tom Moyane of his suspension with immediate effect,”President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko reportedly told News24.
“This is pending the institution of disciplinary proceedings against him.”
Details of the disciplinary are not available yet.
The statement said that Ramaphosa told Moyane in a letter: “Developments at the SARS under your leadership have resulted in a deterioration in public confidence in the institution and in public finances being compromised. For the sake of the country and the economy, this situation cannot be allowed to continue, or to worsen.”
Diko said concern was raised in particular about the manner in which Moyane handled the matter of Jonas Makwakwa, who resigned last week, “his treatment of the report given to him by the Financial Intelligence Centre, and his failure to immediately report this to the Minister of Finance”.
Diko said another concern Ramaphosa raised was the management of VAT refunds, which had brought the SARS into “serious disrepute” and potentially jeopardised the integrity of the SARS as collector of revenue and adversely affected tax morality among tax payers.
“The decision to suspend Mr Moyane follows a meeting in which President Ramaphosa informed Mr Moyane that he had lost confidence in his ability to lead SARS and offered him an opportunity to resign with immediate effect, which Mr Moyane declined.”
Ramaphosa indicated that as SARS Commissioner, Moyane holds a high position of trust in the management of the country’s public finances, and necessary to act “urgently and immediately”.
The Minister of Finance will announce the appointment of an Acting Commissioner for SARS.