The first hearing of the much awaited Nugent Commission, which looks into the running of SARS over the last four years, kicked off in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Former SARS commissioner Pravin Gordhan was the first witness to present his case before retired Judge Robert Nugent.
Investigative reporter Pauli van Wyk says Gordhan started by giving background into the operations of Sars and how they worked hard to ensure that Sars became a world-class revenue service and very efficient.
One of the main points he looked at was the importance of the enforcement division. This was the investigative unit that looked at people envading tax.— Pauli van Wyk, Investigative reporter
The idea was that if you have a strong enforcement unit, it shows people that you will get caught if you are not paying taxes.— Pauli van Wyk, Investigative reporter
Van Wyk says everyone expected Gordhan to speak about the challenges at Sars and the tension between him and suspended commissioner Tom Moyane, but he did the opposite.
Gordhan's 140 slides focused on how great Sars was throughout his duration on the stand, says van Wyk.
She says the commission, compared to others, is going to strictly adhere to deadlines set by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
I know that they will give a preliminary report in September and the final report in November.— Pauli van Wyk, Investigative reporter
After they have investigated everything, they will tell President Ramaphosa that this what we have and this what we think we should further investigate and if he wants them to do that he will give a mandate to do so.— Pauli van Wyk, Investigative reporter
This is definitely not going to be one of those commissions that drags for months.— Pauli van Wyk, Investigative reporter
To hear the rest of the interview with investigative reporter Pauli van Wyk, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Gordhan doesn't talk about tensions with Moyane, rather on Sars success