South Africa’s Zuma Appoints Former Prisons Boss as Tax Chief

South African President Jacob Zuma appointed Tom Moyane, a former commissioner of the nation’s prisons, as head of the tax-collection agency.

Moyane will take over from acting South African Revenue Service Commissioner Ivan Pillay on Sept. 27, the Pretoria-based Presidency said in an e-mailed statement today.

Pillay was appointed in July last year after the former commissioner, Oupa Magashula, resigned when a panel found that he sought to stymie its investigations into whether he breached hiring procedures.

Moyane becomes head of the tax authority at a time when revenue is under pressure because of slow economic growth. A development economist, Moyane held several positions in government including as chief executive officer of the Government Printing Works, the Presidency said. He has also been managing director for Engen Mozambique.

Moyane has an economics degree from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, a diploma in consulting from the University of the Witwatersrand and also studied at the London School of Economics, according to the statement.

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