South Africa Appoints Judge to Investigate Management at SARS

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene appointed a retired judge to advise him on developments at the South Africa Revenue Service since Tom Moyane took over as tax commissioner in September.

Judge Frank Kroon will head a committee “to guide long-term strategy” at SARS and “ensure that the integrity of the institution is restored,” Nene told reporters in Cape Town before presenting his annual budget to lawmakers on Wednesday.

At least three senior managers have been suspended or resigned since Moyane’s appointment. The committee will also investigate events reported by the media, Nene said, without giving details. Tax collection fell short of projections in the current financial year, the National Treasury said in the budget review.

While developments at SARS have not affected tax collection, “we could reach that point” if they aren’t addressed, Nene said. “There are processes under way to bring about closure on this matter as soon as possible.”

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