- Tom Moyane has been suspended from his position as the SARS commissioner
- In his letter to Moyane, Ramaphosa pulled no punches, explaining that Moyane had directly contributed to the loss of public confidence in SARS
- Ramaphosa has indicated that if Moyane wants to fight his suspension he will have a battle ahead of him
President Cyril Ramaphosa's letter to South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane, informed him of his suspension, with no holds barred on the reasons for it.
Ramaphosa told Moyane that he had lost confidence in his ability to lead the revenue collector and that Moyane had brought SARS into disrepute with the public.
Ramaphosa accused Moyane of not being willing to acknowledge his failures or “the magnitude of the consequences of your action” in the letter that was sent to Moyane after he refused to resign on Monday.
“Developments at the SARS under your leadership have resulted in a deterioration in public confidence in the institution and in public finances being compromised‚” Ramaphosa wrote.
Briefly.co.za gathered Ramaphosa said the situation at SARS could not be allowed to continue or worsen “for the sake of the country and the economy”.
“Your position is not one of any ordinary employee. Your obligation to be responsible for the performance of SARS and its functions impacts on the public purse and therefore the wellbeing of the nation as a whole‚” he said.
The letter, which was shown to Times LIVE, also cited two specific cases where Moyane failed at his job - firstly in managing the matter of Jonas Makwakwa‚ the former SARS chief officer for business and individual tax‚ his treatment of the report given to him by the Financial Intelligence Centre‚ and his failure to immediately report this to the Minister of Finance.
Makwakwa‚ who resigned from his position last week‚ was accused of money laundering after the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) flagged cash deposits of R1.7-million made into his bank account.
“You have… failed in your role as an accounting officer for SARS. As a result‚ the SARS has been fundamentally jeopardized and has lost the confidence of taxpayers‚” Ramaphosa said in the letter.
“The disrepute in which you have brought the SARS and the government as a whole and the risk to the national Revenue Fund are enormous.”
Ramaphosa went on to say he had no choice but to suspend Moyane pending disciplinary actions, and hinted that if Moyane chose to fight his decision, the president would be ready.
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