South African Revenue Services (SARS) boss, Tom Moyane said there is no
“capacity” issue in the organisation, as alluded to by Finance Minister Pravin
Gordhan in the National Budget speech.
briefing on Friday, Moyane said that his team was competent.
who might be listening and looking to us, there is nothing falling apart in
this organisation, we are stronger by the day and we are resilient and we
will do what is correct,” said Moyane.
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National Budget Speech on Wednesday Gordhan had expressed concerns over revenue collection. “SARS must
continue to develop the skills and capacity needed to enforce legislation and
strengthen its efforts to curb tax avoidance and evasion,” he said.
said it was important to strengthen SARS’ capacity and to enhance its relationship
with taxpayers for the country’s fiscal health. He also said he has been
meeting regularly with SARS’ top management about the skills capability and
stability in the institutions. “There will be more meetings in the next few
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hit back on Friday, and said: “Tom Moyane is the commissioner of SARS, with a
team of able and capable men and we will continue to make the country great. We
will collect all revenue and we will only do it in an atmosphere of cordiality
reports in media that SARS had lost a number of senior staff, and therefore its
institutional strength, Moyane said it was not an issue.
of losing people narrative is losing traction… to count the number of people
who left SARS was five or six,” he said. “They left on their own volition and
does not indicate a lack of skills and capacity in the organisation.”
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added that the only capacity he has to create is for “black and new blood”.
not auger well to be on [the] band wagon to say people have left and there is no
capacity,” he said. “We are doing much better than in the past we have
upped the ante and producing figures people can be excited about.”
added that if there was a lack of skills and capacity, things would be falling
apart. “The centre is holding.”Read Fin24's top stories trending on Twitter: