Public finances 'compromised' under Moyane

More details are emerging about the suspension of Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane.

The move by the presidency reportedly follows his refusal to resign after be asked to do so by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday.

According to the Business Day, Ramaphosa gave Moyane an opportunity to resign as he felt that he was no longer the right person to lead the institution.

Political editor at Business Day, Natasha Marrian says the presidency has stated the credibility within Sars as one of the reasons why Moyane was asked to resign.

We all know that the institutions public image has been battered in the last 3 years particularly over the 'rogue unit' in 2015.

Natasha Marrian, Business Day political editor

The President also cited the "deterioration in public confidence and public finances being compromised" due to the ongoing controversy under Moyane's leadership as reasons for the suspension.

Since Moyane took over, there's been a number of scandals that rocked the institution. This is what the President tried to rectify by asking Moyane to resign...

Natasha Marrian, Busines Day political editor

The President did admit in his statement that Moyane declined when he was asked to resign and that is the reason he decided to put him on suspension.

Natasha Marrian, Busines Day political editor

Marrian says Moyane intended using the Sars results announcement to show his success as commissioner. She says that Sars released a lengthy statement stating Moyane has been bullied and vilified by the media.

It complained that its commissioner has been painted in a negative light and listed his achievements.

Natasha Marrian, Busines Day political editor

However, we know that the Tax Ombudsmen has ruled against Sars in refunds complaints and found it very worrying that Sars was withholding refunds in order to boost its revenue collection mark.

Natasha Marrian, Busines Day political editor

As much as Sars is trying to tell us that Moyane is being unfairly vilified, the evidence is clear to see.

Natasha Marrian, Busines Day political editor

Treasury announced on Tuesday that Mark Kingon has been appointed the Acting Sars Commissioner following Moyane's suspension.

To hear the rest of the interview with Natasha Marrian, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Public finances 'compromised' under Moyane


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