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Moyane suspends SARS exco’s advisory role

Tuesday, 18 November 2014   (0 Comments)
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The SA Revenue Service confirmed on Sunday that commissioner Tom Moyane had halted his executive committee's advisory duties.

"We can confirm that this week, (Monyane) suspended the role of the exco as an advisory committee to the commissioner,” said deputy spokeswoman Marika Muller.

The Sunday Times reported that Monyane had elected to rather deal with the various managers on an individual basis.

SARS has been at the centre of reports over the last few weeks about an allegedly rogue intelligence unit that was set up in 2007.

Previously, the Sunday Times reported allegations that the unit had been involved in setting up a brothel in Durban as a cover for officials working from home, had spied on a wide range of people, including taxi hitmen, druglords, cigarette and abalone smugglers, Sars officials and politicians, and that some Sars officials were infiltrated into the ANC as bodyguards.

In September, then head of tax and customs investigations - who allegedly headed the unit at one time - Johann van Loggenberg, was placed on special leave pending a probe into allegations of misconduct.

Last week, Sars spokesman Adrian Lackay urged that the investigation into the matter be allowed to complete its work, before further discussion.

On Sunday, the City Press newspaper reported that this week Monyane had formally suspended Van Loggenberg.

The Sunday Times published what is said what an extract of his notice of suspension that said he had been suspended in order to "provide for full investigations into allegations against you of irregularities, misconduct and bringing the organisation's name and reputation into disrespect”.

The newspaper reported that Van Loggenberg denied all allegations against him.

Sars declined to comment in detail on the matter to Sapa, save to say: "Mr Van Loggenberg is a Sars employee and, by law enjoys rights to privacy and confidentiality in any matters related to his employment”.

The Sars exco consists of chief officer for tax and customs investigations Gene Ravele, human resources head Elizabeth Kumalo, chief operations officer Barry Hore, strategy, enablement and communications chief officer Ivan Pillay, legal and policy chief officer Kosie Louw, the head of the large business centre Sunita Manik and acting chief financial officer Bob Head. 

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