Former Sars employees welcome public apology

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Former Sars boss Tom Moyane. Photo: Archive
Former Sars boss Tom Moyane. Photo: Archive

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Some people lost their houses, marriages were broken, and some developed illnesses - says a former SA Revenue Service (Sars) employee.

The employee, whose name is known to City Press, said there was a lot of damage to their livelihoods, careers and health when former Sars boss Tom Moyane took over the reins at the revenue collector in September 2014.

“A lot of damage was done, but the apology is worth it. We were humiliated and made to be the faces of something we were not while we served the country diligently. The damage done is irreversible and for some, life will never be the same,” added the former Sars official, who was among a group of people who were shown the exit door of the revenue service.

On Thursday, Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter issued a public apology to employees adversely affected by its action. 

The statement said: 

As a further milestone in its journey to rebuild public confidence and trust, Sars is pleased to announce that it has settled with former employees who were adversely affected by events that unfolded during its capture between 2014 and 2018.

The high court also found that the Public Protector had failed to conduct her investigations in a manner befitting that office.

The Nugent Commission in its final report recommended that Sars should consider reparations to current and former employees, not necessarily pecuniary in nature, who were negatively affected by the actions taken by Sars consequently, among others, of the Sikhakhane and KPMG reports.

I acknowledge the harm caused to the organisation and to those former employees closely associated with the establishment, management and operation of the investigative unit, as well as their families. I sincerely hope that with the conclusion of this procedure, the affected individuals and their families may experience a sense of closure and continue their own journey to healing and restoration.

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