The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have released a statement expressing concern over the “secretive and suspicious manner” in which Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is “facilitating the recruitment and appointment” of South Africa’s new South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner. A new commissioner is needed after Ramaphosa’s sacking of Tom Moyane after a nine-month suspension.
Moyane attempted unsuccessfully to have his dismissal challenged in court, taking it all the way up to the Constitutional Court, where his bid for leave to appeal was dismissed on Tuesday. The party said it was “aware of sinister attempts to impose an incompetent and unqualified person as the new head of Sars”. READ MORE: Mboweni puts Trevor Manuel in charge of recommending new Sars commissioner The statement points out that when Judge Robert Nugent presented the findings of his inquiry into conduct at Sars at the standing committee on finance in parliament, Nugent argued for a secret interview process.
Tax ombudsman Judge Bernard Ngoepe disagreed, calling for a transparent process, something the EFF also wants, according to the statement. The statement alleges that the Nugent inquiry into Sars has “taken over the operations” of the revenue collector. The party has sent Mboweni a list of questions regarding the recruitment process of the new commissioner.