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Can Gordhan actually stop Moyane from restructuring Sars?

Gordhan & Moyane appear to be in conflict over claims the existence of an alleged Sars spy unit broke the law.

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan attended a briefing on the state of Johannesburg's water situation on 12 November 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - As the South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it’s remaining silent on whether its commissioner, Tom Moyane, plans to defy Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s instruction to stop a restructuring process, questions are now being asked about whether Gordhan can actually stop him.

Over the weekend the Sunday Times newspaper said Moyane had sought legal advice over whether he could continue with his restructuring process.

Gordhan and Moyane appear to be in conflict with each other over claims the existence of a controversial Sars unit broke the law.

Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela says they have no comment at this stage on whether Moyane is going ahead with the restructuring.

Earlier this month, Gordhan told him to stop that process until he had assessed what was planned.

But tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Charles de Wet says the law he’s examined doesn’t appear to give Gordhan the power to stop Moyane.

“It doesn’t seem there’s a direct link where there is executive power between the minister and the commissioner in these circumstances.”

Meanwhile, KPMG has now said a forensic report investigating this controversial unit is not a final report.

The report also contains a cover letter saying it wasn’t prepared to settle disputes which could mean it can’t be used in court.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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