Ramaphosa explains why he sacked Moyane

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

FILE: Tom Moyane. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

PRETORIA – Among the reasons President Cyril Ramaphosa advanced when he fired Tom Moyane was that the former commissioner did not participate in the Nugent Commission of Inquiry to help identify the root causes of the systemic failures at the South African Revenue Services (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 says Ramaphosa was concerned at Moyane’s refusal to co-operate within the inquiry.

“The president has said that Mr Moyane has failed to give any substantive reasons why such action couldn’t be taken. But most worryingly, he had failed to answer the questions that would have been put to him by the Sars commission in order to clarify the issues.”

In his submissions, Moyane threatened to take the president to court if he implemented the commission’s recommendations.


Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance has welcomed the move and urged the president to embark on a completely transparent process to appoint the next commissioner.

At the same time, former Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay has lauded Ramaphosa for his handling of the Sars debacle following the sacking of Moyane.

Lackay, who resigned from Sars in 2015 claiming his time at the tax collector had been intolerable, maintains Moyane caused substantive damage to Sars and some of its employees.

Speaking on the Karima Brown Show on Thursday night, Lackay said there’s nothing to celebrate in Moyane's removal.

“So, there’s little to celebrate. We’ve come to this unfortunate situation where even the head of state President Cyril Ramaphosa consistently is being challenged through the abuse of due legal processes by Mr Moyane and his legal team, in the most absurd manner.”

Civil rights groups have also welcomed the sacking of Moyane but insist there’s still a need for a major restricting at the revenue service.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says hopefully, this is the first step towards restoring Sars.

“I think within the revenue services there are still hinged men, there’s still a lot of people that were put in there through the mechanisms of state capture into the middle management or senior management positions. So, there’s a lot of cleaning out that still needs to take place, there’s a lot of capacity building.”

Corruption Watch's David Lewis says they will still pursue criminal charges against Moyane.

“This doesn’t exonerate him from criminal conduct at all, but it’s a very bold decision by the president and absolutely the right decision in this economically vital institution.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)