Sars commissioner resigns

Commissioner Oupa Magashula has resigned following an investigation against him.

South African Revenue Services commissioner Oupa Magashule. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Oupa Magashula on Friday resigned with immediate effect.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed he had accepted Magashula's resignation and replaced him with Deputy Sars Commissioner Ivan Pillay.

His resignation followed the release of a damning report that found he lied to fact-finding inquiry, headed by retired Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob.

The commission was set up after the City Press newspaper revealed the contents of a taped phone call between Magashula and convicted drug dealer Panganathan Marimuthu.

Talks centred around securing a high-level job for one of his friends who was a charted accountant.

Gordhan said Magashula was not frank with the inquiry, especially for someone in his position.

While no crime was committed, Magashula interacted with Marimuthu and his friend more times than he admitted, the minister added.

During his first appearance, Magashula told the committee he had no further communication with the accountant.

"It later transpired that she [the accountant] had sent five emails to the commissioner's private Sars email address."

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