DA to continue call for inquiry into Sars

The DA is demanding stronger action be taken in uncovering the reasons behind the exodus of officials.

FILE: Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has vowed to restore the organisation’s reputation. Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will continue to call for a judicial inquiry into operations at the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

The party is demanding stronger action be taken in uncovering the reasons behind the recent exodus of top Sars officials.

Earlier this year Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene appointed a special advisory committee headed by retired judge Frank Kroon to advise him on strategy and governance.

Nene has vowed to restore the organisation's reputation following several controversial suspensions and investigations into the operations of a suspected rogue unit.

However the DA has questioned the scale to which the Kroon inquiry will look into operations at the revenue service.

The party's Dion George said, "The Sikhakhane report recommended that there should be a judicial inquiry as well, so we can't see why there isn't going to be one. There is the so-called Kroon inquiry that's going to be done but we don't know what that's going to be but there certainly isn't a full scale judicial inquiry."