Nhlanhla Nene aims to end Sars problems

The Finance Minister says he’s now got a copy of the investigation report into the alleged spy unit.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says he's been kept informed of recent suspensions and reinstatements at South African Revenue Service (Sars) by its commissioner Tom Moyane.

The minister says he will endeavour to bring an end to the problems there in a way that is less disruptive to its operations and wants to take action by end January.

On Thursday the labour court overturned Moyane's decision to suspend Sars Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay after earlier agreeing to allow the organisation's strategic planning head Peter Richer to go back to work.

Two weeks ago Moyane said he was suspending the two based on the findings of a probe into a secret spy unit within Sars.

In his first public comment since the Sars drama started, Nene says he's now got a copy of the investigation report into the alleged spy unit.

He says he's speaking to Tom Moyane about how to bring closure to what he says is a sad chapter in the history of Sars.

While Nene does have oversight of Sars, Moyane was appointed commissioner by Jacob Zuma.