Nene throws Sars a lifeline

Nhlanhla Nene has appointed a special committee to advise him on Sars' strategy and governance.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene flanked by SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, Deputy Minister of Finance Mncebisi Jonas, and DG Lungile Fuzile after his first Budget Speech in Cape Town on 25 February 2015. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has stepped in to sort out South African Revenue Services (Sars).

He's appointed a special committee which will be headed by retired Judge Frank Kroon, who will advise him on Sars' strategy and governance.

Sars has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months, with reports of love affairs gone wrong, a rogue investigation unit; and the axing and resignations of top officials.

Nene said he decided to appoint the advisory committee after consulting new Sars Commissioner, Tom Moyane.

The minister said it was crucial to restore the organisation's reputation.

"We've been engaging with the commissioner and other stakeholders on the matter."

He has trusted retired Kroon to chair the committee.

"The minister may appoint an advisory committee to advise the commissioner on matters that relate to governance and organisational arrangement."