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Efforts to end tax crime yield success

By Thato Mahlangu The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has been working hard to make sure that disobedient citizens are made to account for failure to comply with the law. Sars, through a statement, said on 28 February 2020 it had won a 10-year battle court against a “non-compliant taxpayer” after the constitutional court dismissed Read more >

New campaign wages war against tax evasion

By Thato Mahlangu A new anti-crime campaign is set to crack the whip on tax evaders. Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee told Corruption Watch on Monday, 10 February 2020, that the campaign, called Tax Justice South Africa, will target tax evaders who rob tax payers of a better life. It was launched in November last year. Read more >

Edward Kieswetter is new head of Sars

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Edward Kieswetter as the new commissioner for South African Revenue Service (Sars) with effect from 1 May 2019 for a term of five years. Kieswetter’s appointment was guided by the recommendations of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance at Sars, as well as the recommendation to Read more >

New Sars boss to be appointed soon

The search for a new South African Revenue Service (Sars) head is on, with some reports saying that an appointment is “imminent”. Analysts believe the appointment could be made before the start of the new financial year on 1 April. It was the job of a panel appointed by minister of finance Tito Mboweni and Read more >

Moyane down again, but seemingly not out

Update, 12 December 2018: Tom Moyane plans to challenge the High Court’s judgment, handed down yesterday. He will be heading back to the Constitutional Court to appeal the court’s dismissal of his firing by Ramaphosa. Former Sars head Tom Moyane is not a man who gives up easily. Dismissed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 1 Read more >

CW welcomes axing of SARS head Tom Moyane

  Corruption Watch welcomes President Ramaphosa’s bold and decisive action in firing SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane. This follows a parade of witnesses before the Nugent Commission of Enquiry, all of whom have testified to the catastrophic consequences of Moyane’s corrupt and incompetent leadership of this vital institution. Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, commented: “We Read more >

Mid-term budget policy speech: full text

Read the full text of finance minister Tito Mboweni’s maiden mid-term budget speech below, or download it as well as the budget policy statement: 2018 MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT The economy at a crossroads Madam Speaker President of the Republic Deputy President Cabinet Colleagues and Deputy Ministers Deputy Speaker Governor of the South African Read more >

CW makes submission to Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Sars

Corruption Watch (CW) has made submissions to the commission of inquiry into tax administration and governance at the South African Revenue Service (Sars), led by retired Judge Robert Nugent. The organisation is concerned about the lack of good governance and proper administration at Sars, an institution whose mandate is pivotal in detecting and reporting corruption, Read more >

NPA to review decision not to prosecute Moyane

While Corruption Watch welcomes the filing of disciplinary charges against Tom Moyane, the suspended commissioner of South African Revenue Services (Sars), we are concerned at the apparent reluctance of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to launch a prosecution of Moyane. Ever since the highly suspicious activities of Jonas Makwakwa, effectively Moyane’s second in command at Read more >