Magashula apologises

Oupa Magashula resigned from his position as Sars Commissioner on Friday.

Finance Deputy Minister, Minister Pravin Gordhan and SARS Commissioner Oupa Magashula at launch the 2012 Tax Season on 2 July 2012. Picture: Barry Bateman

JOHANNESBURG - The former commissioner of the South African Revenue Services (Sars), Oupa Magashula, this weekend apologised to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for harming the reputation of the organisation.

The Sunday Times reported that Magashula has pleaded for forgiveness after an investigation into allegations of misconduct led to his resignation.

Magashula said he resigned on Friday because he cares about Sars.

Gordhan accepted his resignation with immediate effect, following the release of a damning report.

It found he had lied to the committee investigating him and risked the organisation's reputation.