How Moy­ane dam­aged the SA Rev­enue Ser­vice

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NATION - BALD­WIN NDABA

WHILE the World Bank, In­ter­na­tional Mon­i­tory Fund (IMF) and in­vestors wor­ried about huge tax rev­enue losses in South Africa – rev­enue au­thor­ity boss Tom Moy­ane was ap­par­ently pre­oc­cu­pied with nail­ing an al­leged rogue unit in his of­fice.

These were the tes­ti­monies of two Cab­i­net min­is­ters, Nh­lanhla Nene and Malusi Gi­gaba, be­fore the Nu­gent Com­mis­sion in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day. The com­mis­sion, chaired by re­tired Judge Robert Nu­gent, is prob­ing tax ad­min­is­tra­tion and gov­er­nance in Sars when Moy­ane,

pic­tured, was Sars com­mis­sioner. While South Africa ex­pe­ri­enced a rev­enue tax short­fall of more than R50 bil­lion – Sars was not “pay­ing ad­e­quate at­ten­tion to clos­ing the tax gap”, said Nene.

“I took the com­mis­sioner to meet­ings with the World Bank, IMF and rat­ing agen­cies in New York, Bos­ton and Wash­ing­ton, where they raised the same is­sues. We had no ca­pac­ity to deal with the il­licit econ­omy.

“It was for that rea­son that I pro­posed to the former pres­i­dent, Ja­cob Zuma, to set up a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry into Sars,” Gi­gaba said. He said he ex­pressed the same sen­ti­ments to in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, who acted promptly and ap­pointed the Nu­gent Com­mis­sion in May.

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