Moy­ane to face dis­ci­plinary in­quiry

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Natasha Mar­rian

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.

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