Another senior Sars employee resigns

2015-02-04 11:58

Two senior South Service Revenue Services employees, alleged to have been involved in its rogue spy unit, resigned this morning.

City Press can reveal that Sars anti-corruption head, Clifford Collings, who was removed from his position to look after the revenue collectors’ warehouses, has resigned.

Collings, who was also suspended by Sars commissioner Tom Moyane, joins Sars group investigations executive Johann van Loggerenberg, who resigned earlier today.

Sars issued a terse statement this morning confirming Van Loggerenberg, the head of the alleged intelligence unit, had resigned. Although Van Loggerenberg cites an error of judgment in his relationship with alleged spy and lawyer Belinda Walter, sources close to Van Loggerenberg said he had been targeted for the sensitive cases his unit was investigating.

Van Loggerenberg and his team worked on the tax investigation into EFF leader Julius Malema, and the case involving Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcír.

“Sars has accepted his resignation and hereby confirms that the parting of ways was amicable and agreed to be in the best interests of Sars. Mr van Loggerenberg has served Sars for a period of more than 16 years, a degree of loyalty Sars appreciates,” the statement read.

Sources within the organisation, said Collings was due to hear evidence by Moyane at his disciplinary hearing when he handed his resignation letter to the hearing’s chairperson.

Collings was the deputy head of the national anti-corruption unit, which was headed by now suspended Hawks boss Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat.

A senior Sars employee said: “Moyane charged him for the malicious late delivery of a new expensive car. Moyane was required to come and testify before the disciplinary hearing and then what happened was that Collings was simply asked to apologise. So he apologised and then resigned.”

Other senior Sars employees said the morale at the revenue collector had hit rock bottom.

“Everybody is living in fear like Sars was being run like a mafia. When last did you hear of any big cases in Sars?” the employee asked.

Sars spokesperson Luther Lebelo told City Press that Collings approached his employers seeking early retirement for “personal reasons”.

“The application was considered and approved. The disciplinary processes will no longer go ahead,” he said.

It was unclear how much the revenue collector would pay Collings but the package is said to include benefits up until his retirement age.

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