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Zuma wishes new Sars commissioner well

Zuma has appointed Thomas Moyane more than a year after Ivan Pillay took over in an acting capacity.

Thomas Moyane has been appointed commissioner of the South African Revenue Service. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has wished newly appointed South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Thomas Moyane well, saying his responsibility is to lead the organisation into the future.

Zuma has appointed Moyane more than a year after Ivan Pillay took over in an acting capacity.

He previously served as national commissioner at the Department of Correctional Services.

The previous commissioner, Oupa Magashula, resigned after an inquiry into his role in a jobs-for-pals scandal.

The Presidency says Moyane has the right education and skills to steer an organisation like Sars.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said, "What is important at Sars is the understanding of the variety of fields, capably managing the institution and keeping the team at work."

Moyane will take over from next week.

In the Presidency's statement, Moyane is quoted thanking the president for his trust.