Sars deputy boss' woes continue

Sars deputy commissioner, Ivan Pillay, faces suspension again, a day after he was reinstated.

Sars Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay. Picture: Twitter @Radio702.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars)' s Deputy Commissioner, Ivan Pillay, faces suspension again, a day after he was reinstated.

The Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that Pillay was handed a suspension notice on Friday.

However, on Thursday, the Labour Court ordered that the deputy commissioner be reinstated after he and Sars Planning Head Peter Richer, were suspended by the organisation's commissioner, Thomas Moyane.

Pillay has been given until 12 January to say why he should not be suspended.

His first suspension followed the appointment of a panel to investigate allegations about a spy unit and its alleged illegal activities at Sars.

The Sunday Times is reporting that Pillay had to be suspended because of fears that he could tamper with evidence during an investigation into the allegations against him.


Yesterday, Finance Minister Nhanhla Nene said he will take action on the situation within the organisation by the end of January.

Nene said that he wants to find solutions that are less disruptive to the organisation.

Over the last month, Moyane has cancelled executive committee meetings, suspended Pillay and Richer, while other officials have resigned.

Moyane said he was taking these actions based on the findings of a probe into claims of a spy unit within the organisation but the panel that conducted the probe made no findings against Pillay and Richer.

Nene's comments could be seen as implied criticism of the commissioner's decisions to suspend so many top officials.