Jacob Zuma appoints Thomas Moyane as Sars commissioner

2014-09-23 14:19

Thomas Swabihi Moyane has been appointed commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.

Moyane replaces Ivan Pillay, who acted in the position after the resignation of former commissioner, Oupa Magashula.

Spokesperson for the presidency, Mac Maharaj, said today that Moyane’s appointment is effective from Saturday. He had been appointed by President Jacob Zuma in terms of section six of the South African Revenue Services Act.

Magashula resigned in July last year following an investigation into allegations that he offered a chartered accountant a job at Sars.

Magashula allegedly offered the accountant a job in a recorded telephone conversation facilitated by a Timothy Marimuthu, believed to have had influence over Magashula.

The investigation was initiated by former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Maharaj said Moyane, a development economist, would bring more than 30 years’ experience to the position, having worked as a senior executive in various government and private sector entities.

“Moyane has served as national commissioner at the department of correctional services, chief executive of the Government Printing Works, managing director of Engen Mozambique as well as regional coordinator for the regional spatial development initiatives, and as chief director for industry and enterprise development at the department of trade and industry,” he said.

His qualifications included a BSc in economics from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, and a diploma in small business consulting from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Moyane also holds certificates in strategic management and managing markets from Henley Business School, microeconomics from the London School of Economics and mastering finance from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

“During his period in exile, he worked for government departments in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau,” Maharaj said.

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