Sars battle heads to Labour Court

Ivan Pillay and Peter Richer are legally challenging their suspensions in the Labour Court today.

FILE:  Ivan Pillay and Peter Richer are legally challenging their suspensions from Sars. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars)'s deputy commissioner, Ivan Pillay, and its head of strategic planning, Peter Richer are due to legally challenge their suspensions in the Labour Court this morning.

The two were suspended nearly two weeks ago by Sars Commissioner Thomas Moyane, who claimed he was basing his decision on the findings of an investigation into a rogue unit.

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

But that panel subsequently confirmed to Eyewitness News it didn't make any findings against the two.

That then means Moyane could come under pressure to explain to the court why he did in fact suspend them.

But Pillay and Richer may have to first prove their case is urgent before they can argue the merits of their application.

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

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.