Adrian Lackay takes Sars to CCMA

The former spokesman wants the CCMA to declare that he was constructively dismissed after the rogue unit saga.

FILE. Lackay is expected to argue he was unable to work as Sars’ spokesperson after Tom Moyane was appointed as the institution’s new commissioner. Picture: Sars.

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African Revenue Service (Sars) spokesperson Adrian Lackay is this morning asking the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to declare that he was constructively dismissed by Sars in the aftermath of the rogue spy unit affair.

Last year former Deputy Sars Commissioner Ivan Pillay was suspended, then resigned, after being accused of allowing the unit to operate.

Lackay is expected to argue he was unable to work as Sars' spokesperson after Tom Moyane was appointed as the institution's new commissioner.

He is also expected to say his working conditions were made intolerable.

This case could reveal some details about what actually happened at Sars.

Pillay has never publicly explained his version of events, amid some claims he may only have been suspended because he insisted the African National Congress pay excise duty on imported election t-shirts.

Moyane has also not answered questions about whether there was a political motive to some of his decisions.