BREAKING: Embattled Sars Boss Tom Moyane Fired

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JOHANNESBURG: Ramaphosa accepted the recommendation of the Sars commission of inquiry’s chair, retired judge Robert Nugent, to axe Moyane.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is reported to have fired embattled Sars boss, Tom Moyane following the recommendation of the retired judge Robert Nugent.  

Ramaphosa has fired SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane, the  Business Day reported on Thursday. Ramaphosa accepted the recommendation of the Sars commission of inquiry’s chair, retired judge Robert Nugent, to axe Moyane.

An Independent Political Analyst, Molifi Tshabalala, Ramaphosa had no choice but to implement the recommendation of Nugent.

“Following a preliminary recommendation by Nugent Commission to fire suspended SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane with immediate effect, President Cyril Ramaphosa has no choice but to fire him,” Tshabalala said. 

He believes that the “President cannot appoint the Commission and disregard its recommendation.”

Moyane’s fight back 

Earlier this week, Moyane’s legal team submitted a document to the Presidency, imposing a new deadline to the president of November 9, 2018, calling the president to indicate if he will implement the recommendations of the Nugent Commission to have him removed from his position.

In the document, Moyane calls the Nugent Inquiry’s recommendations “a thinly veiled-attempt to campaign for the permanent appointment of Mr Mark Kingon, who is the acting commissioner of SARS.”

Moyane was supposed to submit reasons to the president as to why he should not be removed from his position last week. 

According Tshabalala, “Most certainly, Moyane will not take his firing lying down, given that he challenged his disciplinary hearing. This may be a long dragging case between Moyane and Ramaphosa.”

A statement on the issue will follow shortly, said Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko.