Questions surround suspension of top Sars officials

A panel has confirmed it didn’t make findings against Ivan Pillay and Peter Richer.

FILE: Suspended Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it won't comment on t he legal bid to overturn the suspensions of its deputy commissioner, Ivan Pillay, and its head of strategic planning, Peter Richer.

It was confirmed yesterday that the two are going to the Labour Court on Wednesday to challenge their suspensions.

Sars Commissioner Thomas Moyane said 10 days ago that he was suspending them based on the findings of an investigation into claims of a rogue spy unit within the organisation.

The revenue service says it's not going to comment on this process but will let it run its course.

But this case could reveal what's actually happening within the organisation.

Moyane claimed he was suspending Pillay and Richer based on the findings of a panel headed by advocate Muzi Sikhakhane.

But that panel has now confirmed it didn't make findings against them, leading to questions about why they were actually suspended.

Moyane's leadership could also come into question after he suspended meetings of his executive committee three weeks ago.