On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he had suspended South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane with immediate effect.
Ramaphosa said his decision to suspend Moyane was sparked by public interest to restore credibility to the embattled revenue service. He said recent developments had weakened public confidence in SARS.
Mark Kingon is probably a name very few people have heard of before today. Kingon has been appointed as the interim boss at SARS.
Briefly.co.za takes a closer look at Kingon and what he brings to the table. We have compiled five quick facts about the man
1. Kingon has been with SARS for 34 years
While not a well-known person outside of SARS, Kingon is basically part of the furniture at the revenue service. He has worked at SARS for 34 years and in that time he has served in the legal department before moving on to the executive ladder.
2. He only received a degree 11 years after starting at SARS
Kingon proves that it’s never too late to get a degree. He received his diploma from the University of South Africa in 2002 after a total of seven years of studies.
3. Kingon was responsible for getting Jacob Zuma to pay his taxes
Kingon apparently fears no-one and went toe-to-toe with former president Jacob Zuma in a bid to get Zuma to pay his taxes on time. He eventually became the head of the VIP taxpayer unit and held a series of meetings with Zuma and his lawyer in attempts to get the then president to submit his tax returns.
4. He is an enforcer
With nearly three and a half decades of tax experience, Kingon is a leading authority on tax enforcement. With that much experience, it’s hardly surprising that he has an air of authority about him. Kingon has a history of enforcing tax laws and collecting taxes when others had given up.
5. Kingon is highly regarded by President Ramaphosa
Kingon was appointed as the acting chief of the Business and Individual Taxes division in SARS after Jonas Makwakwa resigned last week.
Now he takes on the role of acting boss of SARS, it’s clear that the president views Kingon as a rock solid and reliable figure who will bring some stability to SARS.
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