Court dismisses bid by Tom Moyane to have his sacking overturned

The high court in Pretoria on Tuesday dismissed Tom Moyane’s application to have his axing as SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner overturned.

Former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane
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Moyane had also asked the court to prevent the Sars commission of inquiry chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent from submitting a final report on its work to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

During Moyane’s four-year tenure, the hole in revenue collection grew to R100bn, which the Nugent inquiry heard could not only be attributed to economic factors, but also to a decline in the capacity of Sars to collect taxes and a decrease in taxpayer compliance.

Nugent, in an interim report, said it was critical to appoint a new permanent Sars commissioner to implement a long-term turn-around strategy in the critical institution.

Moyane wants the court to block Ramaphosa from appointing a permanent Sars commissioner and wants to return to his post but remain on suspension, his legal counsel Advocate Dali Mpofu argued in court last week.

Mpofu argued that the “status quo” should return, with Moyane reinstated to his post for him to “face the music” in the disciplinary inquiry chaired by advocate Azhar Bham.


Source: TMG Digital

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