Sars withdraws Richer's suspension

Deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay will continue with his Labour Court bid.

The South African Revenue Service. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Strategic planning head Peter Richer's suspension has been withdrawn, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) confirmed on Wednesday.

He was about to challenge the sanction in the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

It's understood that Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay will continue with his court action to have his suspension declared invalid.

Commissioner Tom Moyane suspended the pair following a probe into the so-called Rogue Spy Unit within Sars.

Moyane claimed he suspended the two based on the findings of the panel.

This despite the probe making no direct findings against Richer or Pillay.

Pillay will now argue in court that Moyane is seriously damaging the organisation by suspending him and other top officials.

Since the new commissioner was appointed, he disbanded Sars' executive committee and suspended other top officials.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille claimed this was an attempt by President Jacob Zuma to capture Sars - a claim he denied.

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

Pillay's case could reveal what's actually happening within the service.