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President Ramaphosa fires Tom Moyane as Sars commissioner

Retired Judge Robert Nugent found that Moyane does not have the character of a person fit to lead Sars and he should be removed from office.

FILE: Tom Moyane. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - The Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa has fired Tom Moyane as the commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

Ramaphosa has heeded the recommendations of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry, which submitted its interim report at the end of September.

Retired judge Robert Nugent and his assistants unanimously agreed that Moyane does not have the character of a person fit to lead Sars and he should be removed from office as a matter of urgency.

The Presidency’s Khusela Diko has confirmed the fate of Moyane.

“The president has taken the decision to accept the recommendation that was made by judge Robert Nugent, accordingly he has served Mr Moyane a notice of termination of his services as commissioner of Sars with immediate effect.”

She says various interests were taken into account.

“The president believes that this decision was taken in the best interests of Sars, the best interests of the country in general, and indeed with the intention of ensuring that we halt what could be further deterioration of the institution.”

Moyane’s attorney has not responded to a request for comment.

MOYANE FAILED TO PERSUADE RAMAPHOSA

Ramaphosa has told Moyane that he has failed to provide any adequate reasons why he should not be fired.

Moyane made submissions on Friday to the president in which he urged him to disregard Nugent’s interim report.

Moyane’s submissions focused on attacking the legitimacy of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry accusing it of bias and acting with an ulterior purpose.

Diko suggests that Ramaphosa was not convinced by Moyane’s arguments.

“The president has said that Mr Moyane has failed to give any substantive reasons why such action cannot be taken, but most worryingly his then failed to avail himself to answer questions that would have been put to him by the Sars commission in order to clear the issues there.”

Moyane has applied to the Constitutional Court to challenge the lawfulness of the commission.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)