Sars on track to meet tax collection deadline

Sars says it’s not been affected by the suspension of its top leadership.

Sars says it’s not been affected by the suspension of its top leadership. Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it's on track to meet its tax collection deadline and its progress has not been affected by the suspension of its top leadership.

Sars says an investigation into an alleged rogue unit is at an advanced stage and a decision on whether to charge Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay will be made soon.

Pillay is currently suspended and is accused of running the unit.

The Revenue Service's Luther Lebelo says, "There is no falling apart of staff. We can confirm that the R984 billion that we're supposed to collect will be on target and will be on budget."

Sars head Tom Moyane said he had suspended Pillay because of findings over his role in the alleged rogue intelligence unit but a panel, which earlier investigated the claims against the unit, said it made no such findings against Pillay.

Last year, Moyane said he had based his decision to suspend Pillay on the panel's probe.