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Sars still after Moyane for legal costs he personally incurred

Tom Moyane was dismissed from his position as Sars commissioner following recommendations of the Nugent commission.

FILE: Tom Moyane. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is still going after its former commissioner Tom Moyane to recoup legal costs personally incurred by him.

Moyane was dismissed from his position following recommendations of the Nugent commission.

New Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter and National Treasury briefed Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday about progress made on the Nugent commission’s recommendations.

Kieswetter told MPs litigation and other costs were incurred in Moyane's personal capacity. He said Sars was still pursuing these monies from Moyane.

“We’ve begun a process of engaging with the former commissioner to seek to recover monies we believed are due to Sars,” Kieswetter said.

Democratic Alliance MP Dion George was less diplomatic on Moyane and called him a criminal for his role at Sars.

“I have not yet read this full report, which I will do, but what I want to know is what is happening to him? What has happened to this criminal that should be in prison?”

The committee also heard how international firm Bain held secret meetings with Moyane a year before he was appointed in 2013.

TAX EVADERS

Sars is also setting its targets on illicit trade and tax dodgers as part of its rebuild.

Kieswetter also briefed the committee on Sars operational matter.

In August, Sars said it had embarked on a number of strategic initiatives to curb revenue leakages emanating from illegal and unethical practices in the illicit economy.

The illicit economy ranges from an underground economy, which operates outside the rules and regulations of the country and includes the illicit trade of products like cigarettes.

Kieswetter said: “In respect of this illicit trade, it is a huge concern for Sars and I have to say, we are seeing a significant proliferation of syndication of illegal activities of organisations that are created. It’s a huge area of concern for us.”

He said a total of 17 projects, which include 700 audit cases, have been identified and were being pursued by Sars in this regard.

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