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Sars top job was difficult to fill - Finance Minister

Nhlanhla Nene says the position of Sars commissioner was not an easy one to fill.

Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the position of South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner was not an easy one to fill.

While introducing Tom Moyane as next in line for the position in Pretoria yesterday, the minister expressed his confidence in the former prisons boss.

The appointment comes more than a year after former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula resigned amidst a jobs-for-pals scandal.

Nene says Moyane's appointment comes at the right time.

"It's not a job which is easy to fill. I'm convinced that we made the right choice at the right time, so it was worth waiting for."

President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment on Tuesday.

The Presidency said Moyane brings over 30 years of experience to the position, having worked as a senior executive in various government and private sector entities.

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

Ivan Pillay has been acting Sars commissioner since Magashule's resignation and will remain in that position for the rest of this week.

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