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South Africa Inquiry Panel Recommends New Tax Chief Be Appointed

South Africa Inquiry Panel Recommends New Tax Chief Be Appointed

Tom Moyane

Photographer: Esa Alexander/The Times/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Photographer: Esa Alexander/The Times/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The judge heading an inquiry into the South African African Revenue Service called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Tom Moyane, the head of the tax agency, and appoint a replacement as the first step in turning around the beleaguered organization.

“We consider it imperative that a new commissioner be appointed without delay to remove the uncertainty at SARS and enable it to be set on a firm course of recovery so as to arrest ongoing loss of revenue,” Judge Robert Nugent, the head of the inquiry, said in an emailed copy of his interim report to the president.

Ramaphosa suspended Moyane in March, but Nugent said this was “irrelevant to our recommendation. Our concern is not disciplinary transgression but instead the management of SARS.”