Sars collected over R1 trillion in 2015/16 fiscal year

Tom Moyane says hard work & dedication from him and his team enabled Sars to exceed revenue collection.

Sars commissioner Tom Moyane and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Sars briefing on 1 April. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has announced it's collected over R1 trillion for the first time during the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

Commissioner Tom Moyane, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas attended the briefing in Pretoria this afternoon.

The Sars commissioner says this is a historic day.

"Sars has never had to collect R1 trillion before. The target to collect R1 trillion is historic for the first time in South Africa and the first time for Sars."

Moyane says despite his personal integrity being questioned, hard work and dedication from him and his team has enabled Sars to exceed revenue collection with a system that's working.

He says his new team is partly responsible for the historic R1 trillion revenue collection for the past financial year.

R399 billion was collected from personal income tax payers.

Moyane says they have done excellent work in the past year with a system that works.

Gordhan, who sat next to Moyane during today's briefing, said they were working on their relationship and would remain professional.

The Hawks are now investigating and the minister responded to their 27 questions this week.

The minister was asked to comment on his working relationship with Moyane.

"There answer simply is that that's a work in progress and I am of the firm view of two things; one is that we must behave like professionals, because we are, and do that which is necessary in the national interests because for me and my colleagues this is an absolute priority."