Ivan Pillay to contest 2nd suspension from Sars

The deputy Sars head was suspended again, one day after a Labour Court ruling ordered he be reinstated.

Ivan Pillay. Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Revenue Service (Sars) Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay will spend the next few weeks preparing to argue against his second suspension.

Weekend reports say Pillay was handed a suspension notice on Friday, one day after the Labour Court in Johannesburg ordered that he be reinstated.

Pillay and another Sars official were suspended by commissioner Thomas Moyane and has been given until 12 January to argue why he should not be suspended.

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

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

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says he will take action on the situation within Sars by the end of January.