Nene appoints Judge Kroon to fix Sars

2015-02-25 14:11

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A retired judge has been appointed to head up a committee in a bid to restore the integrity of the South African Revenue Service and advise it in the wake of recent turmoil and controversy.

This surprise announcement was made by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene at a press briefing on his national budget today.

Nene said some issues had dragged on for some time within Sars, and that some form of intervention was required.

“Our biggest interest is to restore the integrity of the institution,” he told the media, adding that the committee would advise him and Sars commissioner Tom Moyane, who was appointed to the vacant position by President Jacob Zuma five months ago.

Moyane filled the vacancy left by Oupa Magashule, who quit in July 2013 amid an investigation into allegations of impropriety.

However, instead of bringing stability to Sars, a wave of scandals, suspensions, in-fighting and court action rocked the organisation.

Nene announced that retired Judge Frank Kroon had already been appointed to head up the advisory committee after consultation with Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha. Other members are yet to be announced.

“The committee will review the events that have been reported on by the media in recent months and advise the minister and the commissioner about the best way to prevent such from occurring,” said Nene.

He appealed to South Africans “to allow Sars and all the relevant parties concerned to complete these processes and thus bring an end to this difficult chapter in the history of our most important fiscal institution”.

The primary task would be to guide the direction of long-term strategy at Sars and it was obligated to perform its functions impartially and without fear, favour or prejudice.

The committee would also advise on: proposed strategic and business plans, goals and measures; operational and organisational plans, and budgetary issues.

Nene said that an advisory board had been in place between 1997 and 2002, but had since lapsed.

“In retrospect, the revised governance structure left Sars without an overarching governance structure.”

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