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'Our leadership is broken and unstable'

Acting Sars Commissioner Mark Kingon says that the organisation remains in a position of uncertainty and does not have the visionary leadership needed to take it to the next step.

A screengrab of acting Sars Commissioner Mark Kingon appearing at the Nugent commission of inquiry on 19 October 2018.

PRETORIA - Acting South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Mark Kingon says that the organisation remains in a position of uncertainty and does not have the visionary leadership needed to take it to the next step.

Kingon has taken the stand at the Nugent commission of inquiry in Pretoria on Friday.

Retired Judge Robert Nugent is investigating tax administration and governance at the organisation under the leadership of suspended Commissioner Tom Moyane.

Kingon started with a frank assessment of Sars’ leadership.

"It would be true that our executive leadership is broken and unstable and racked by division and distrust. We need visionary leadership at this time and I don't think at this time we have such visionary leadership to take the organisation to the next step. Going forward, we have to fix this place. For me, it's so critical... we need vision."

He says the current state is the product of the last four years.

"The situation continues to be uncertain and tumultuos. The suspension of Commissioner Tom Moyane has capped a period since 2014 where all these narratives have played out in media. It's extremely tumultuous."

WATCH: Mark Kingon gives evidence at Nugent Commission