The commissioner of the South African Revenue Service's (Sars) decision to step down is not an indication of broader misconduct at the authority.
Stiaan Klue, chief executive officer of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT), says the revenue authority is bigger than one person and the incident has created some broader positive developments for taxpayers and the democracy.
The minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, announced on Friday that Oupa Magashula has resigned with immediate effect following the outcome of an investigation into allegations that the commissioner interfered in staff recruitment processes.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.