Suspended employee – 1; SARS – 0 in Labour Court

2014-12-17 13:08

The SA Revenue Services’ (SARS) Wednesday got off to a bad start in the Labour Court, with its Strategic Planning and Risk Executive Peter Richer (subs: corr) winning an interdict to have his suspension declared unlawful.

Richer and SARS’ deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay approached the court seeking relief after being suspended on December 5.

Richer’s attorney Shamima Gaible (subs: corr) confirmed her client’s suspension had been lifted and SARS had been ordered to pay his legal costs.

Gaible said she was due to determine her costs before billing the revenue collector.

Leaving the labour court, the visibly excited Richer said he was happy the matter was over.

“I feel great; however I cannot say much because I am prohibited from speaking to the media,” he said.

Pillay’s application against his suspension is next up in court.

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