Moyane to face disciplinary inquiry
SUSPENDED South Africans Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane has been served with disciplinary charges linked to alleged misconduct and a violation of his duties and responsibilities, the Presidency said yesterday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed retired Constitutional Court Justice Kate O’Regan to chair the disciplinary inquiry.
Moyane was suspended over his handling of the allegations against his second-in-charge Jonas Makwakwa, as well as his alleged meddling to secure a R70-million tax refund for the controversial Gupta family.
Ramaphosa had offered a settlement to Moyane, but he turned down an initial offer and added conditions to a subsequent one.
The conditions included that Ramaphosa hold a press conference to announce the amicable resolution of the matter and to acknowledge Moyane’s leadership with “integrity” and his role in overseeing SARS reaching the trillion-rand mark in revenue collection for three years.
Ramaphosa did not agree to the conditions and the disciplinary process against Moyane is now set to proceed. “The inquiry will be conducted in writing to ensure a procedurally fair and speedy disciplinary process. The disciplinary inquiry relates to alleged leadership and organisational failures.”
A separate inquiry into SARS will also take place, as announced by Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address. This inquiry will focus on tax administration — including VAT refunds and shortfalls in revenue over the past two financial years.