The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has confirmed
that the unfair labour practice dispute with regard to the suspension of Mr.
Pillay was resolved through Conciliation at the CCMA. The resolution is only
with regard to the unfair labour practice dispute lodged by Mr. Pillay on 12
December 2014. It is a matter of public knowledge that the 05 December 2014
suspension was set aside by the Labour Court on 18 December 2014.
CCMA resolution has no effect on Mr. Pillay’s
suspension of 21 January 2015 which is still effective pending an investigation
into allegations of gross misconduct, acts of impropriety and bringing the
organisation’s name and reputation into disrepute. SARS advises that the
aforesaid investigation is at an advanced stage. The 21 January 2015 suspension
was made after affording Mr. Pillay a reasonable and fair opportunity from the
19 December 2014 until 16 January 2015 to provide reasons as to why he should
not be suspended. In this regard, SARS hereby unequivocally state that Mr.
Pillay’s suspension of 21 January 2015 is still effective despite today’s CCMA
Mr. Pillay and SARS have exercised their rights to keep
the CCMA resolution confidential and no party is permitted to publicly disclose
the details thereof.
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.