Political Desk: President doesn't have to consult anyone to appoint SARS head

Associate editor at Tiso BlackStar Ranjeni Munusamy the Moyane 'monster' was created when the South African Revenue Services Act was amended in 2002.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the political desk, Munusamy says this change was pioneered by then Sars commissioner Pravin Gordhan.

Prior to this amendment, the Sars commissioner was appointed by the Minister of Finance and the line of accountability was to the Minister of Finance. But when the law was amended it gave the President the sole prerogative to appoint the commissioner and it does not stipulate that he must consult anyone to do it.

Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate Editor at Tiso BlackStar

This is what created the situation where the president appointed Tom Moyane in September 2014 without consulting anyone. The then Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene was not consulted; he was merely informed by the president that he had appointed Tom Moyane.

Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate editor at Tiso BlackStar

Munusamy says the bigger problem came when Pravin Gordhan was unsure how to remove Tom Moyane from the post.

She says the president now has wide powers to appoint another Sars head, because of the Act Amendment.

Listen to why Munusamy thinks Zuma legal fees will become a hot potato for President Ramaphosa.


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