The statement from the EFF — signed off by party spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi — said the party sent questions to President Cyril Ramaphosa to ask why the SARS commissioner was appointed in “secret”. READ MORE: EFF launches pre-emptive strike against KieswetterThe EFF now wants the process to be “reopened”.
Treasury initiated the process to appoint the Sars commissioner, which included public adverts. Thereafter, a shortlist was compiled and interviews were conducted by the panel chaired by Manuel. The recommendations from the panel were then made to Ramaphosa, who discussed the decision to appoint Kieswetter with his Cabinet colleagues on Wednesday.
The Sars Act does not prescribe a process to appoint the commissioner. The appointment is made by the president, for a five-year term, according to the Act.The party alleges that Manuel and Kieswetter are “relatives”, close business associates and companions.
The party said the process was corrupt and “patently nepotistic”. The Red Berets further allege that Kieswetter was “was in Sars during the time of the illegal intelligence unit”. The EFF has defended disgraced former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane — who along with Boston-based consultancy Bain & Company — restructured Sars to neutralise its capacity and weaken the institution.
Moyane was axed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in November last year.