Politics gutted SARS of rising stars, fears that Treasury is next

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The troubles at the Treasury and SARS are a microcosm of the steady hollowing out of state institutions over the past few years. Professor Mills Soko explains the causes and consequences…

The decision by National Treasury director general, Lungisa Fuzile, to quit his job at the end of this month brings to an end the career of one of South Africa’s distinguished civil servants.

It also raises fresh questions about the future of the country’s public service: the resignation comes after a reported exodus of skills and talent at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). In light of the dismissal by President Jacob Zuma of the Treasury’s political heads Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas, there has been speculation that a similar mass emigration of skills is imminent at the Treasury.

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