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Agang SA welcomes Magashula move

Jul 14 2013 21:15

Johannesburg - Agang SA on Sunday welcomed the resignation of SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Oupa Magashula following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

"It's sad to see such a promising career go up in smoke," Agang SA said in a statement.

"However, Magashule's show of remorse, coupled with an apology and resignation, rather than further dragging Sars's name in the mud, are like a breath of fresh air in public office, where corrupt, unethical officials abuse and violate the public trust with impunity."

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan previously ordered an investigation into allegations that Magashula offered a chartered accountant (CA) a job at Sars.

According to reports in March, Magashula allegedly offered a job to a CA, in a recorded telephone conversation facilitated by one Timothy Marimuthu who allegedly had influence over Magashula.

Gordhan said the reports raised questions about the integrity of staff recruitment processes at Sars, and he had appointed justice Zak Yacoob and advocate Muzi Sikhakhane to investigate.

Gordhan said on Friday he would instruct the Sars audit committee to investigate Magashula's behaviour.

He would also appoint a committee to review Sars's governance and ethical standards, pertaining to the office of the commissioner.

Deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay was appointed acting commissioner until the appointment of a new head at Sars.

Agang SA welcomed Gordhan's decisiveness in bringing an end to the saga and in so avoiding the erosion of trust in Sars.

Gordhan's move is a good example of the zero tolerance to corruption needed in our country, the party said.

agang sa  |  sars  |  oupa magashula  |  pravin gordhan  |  tax



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