'In a nutshell the inquiry is looking at what went wrong at Sars'

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 journalist at News 24 Kyle Cowan says the inquiry, in a nutshell, is about finding out what went wrong at Sars.

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What were the key factors that took Sars from being one of the best in the world to where we have it now; in terms of revenue collection and in terms of corporate governance issues; in terms of all the allegations that have been non-stop surrounding this institution.

Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist at News 24

He adds that it was important for the people to know the history of the institution because the tax institution was really one of the best in the world.

And by 2018, in the space of four years, we destroyed all of that hard work.

Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist at News 24

What Minister Gordhan was doing yesterday is that he was painting a picture of how they inherited the department of inland services which was an apartheid structure, they rebuilt it from the ground up and modernised it.

Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist at News 24

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