The enormous exodus of senior staff at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) since 2014 will dominate the first leg of public hearings into the administration of the tax agency that is set to start on Tuesday.
Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is scheduled to be called as the first witness at the Robert Nugent commission of inquiry.
EWN reporter, Barry Batemen says retired judge, Robert Nugent essentially set out how the process will unfold.
What he told journalists, do not expect this to be the normal inquiry that you might have experienced elsewhere.— Barry Batemen, EWN Reporter
He made the point that this is an urgent matter and it deals with very important issues and how they are going to get to all the information will not primarily come from public hearings.— Barry Batemen, EWN Reporter
He said a lot of the information will come from documentation and once they study the documentation if a public hearing or a witness being called to testify in a specific issue is warranted, in that respect they will then call a witness to come in to have a public hearing.— Barry Batemen, EWN Reporter
Essentially making the point that there is a massive paper trail to be followed by what is happening at Sars and that is where they are going to gather their evidence.— Barry Batemen, EWN Reporter
He says we are going to be sitting down, here until Friday and we have got Pravin Gordhan starting today and there is seven witnesses lineup for tomorrow.— Barry Batemen, EWN Reporter
Listen below to the full interview: