Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula quits

Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula quits

2013-07-12 15:08

Cape Town - South African Revenue Service commissioner Oupa Magashula resigned with immediate effect on Friday, following the outcome of a fact-finding inquiry into allegations that he offered a chartered accountant a job at Sars.

The announcement was made by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who on March 24 this year instituted a thorough investigation into allegations that Magashula inappropriately offered a job to an accountant, placing the reputation of the tax institution at risk.

The investigation followed media reports that Magashula offered the job to a CA in a conversation facilitated by Timothy Marimuthu. The reports were based on a recorded telephone conversation between Magashula and Marimuthu.

The reports alleged that Marimuthu had influence over Magashula.

Gordhan said then that the reports raised questions over the integrity of staff recruitment processes at Sars.

To protect the integrity of this vital fiscal institution, reassure the South African public and ensure a rapid process of establishing the facts relating to the events as reported by the media, Gordhan said, he appointed retired Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob, and Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane.

The inquiry, however, found that Magashula had committed no crime, Gordhan said.

Other findings included that Magashula:

  • Had by his conduct placed the reputation and credibility of Sars at risk;
  • Was much less frank with the committee than the committee would have expected of the person who had the integrity essential to his position;   
  • Caused  him, Gordhan, to make an incorrect statement to the public with regards to the CA’s CV not having been sent to Sars. An interview had been arranged, but the CA cancelled because she preferred a job based in Durban, which did not meet Sars’ requirements.
  • Interacted with Marimuthu more times than he had initially admitted to him, Gordhan and the committee; and that
  • Magashula told him, Gordhan, and the committee (during his first appearance before it) that he had had no further communication with the CA. It later transpired that she had sent five emails to the commissioner’s private Sars email address.

Gordhan said that after considering the report and its recommendations, he had decided to accept Magashula’s resignation with immediate effect and also instructed the audit committee of Sars to investigate whether the commissioner’s behaviour breached any of the tax and customs processes at Sars.

The current deputy commissioner at Sars, Ivan Pillay, has been appointed acting commissioner.

  • zuko.mqolo - 2013-07-12 15:14

    Lol I don't buy the story I get the feeling that there's more to this more to follow? Gud question hopefully

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-12 16:08

      Tell us the truth please...this is not anc cadre behavior.

      Thato Seloane - 2013-07-12 16:28

      No Alicialoiusie! Nombembe is an exceptional, high performing public official, he deserves the remuneration with the experience he has for such a role

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-07-12 16:30

      Wonder what his brother Ace thinks about this

      patrick.starkey1 - 2013-07-12 17:02

      It's difficult for me to conceive of a situation where "high performing" &. " public official" get mentioned in the same sentence without Peter Dirk Uys performing.

      Chris P Noodle - 2013-07-12 20:12

      What does this mean ? If you are a chartered accountant you are overqualified and may be, heaven forbid, honest. Only numerically illiterate ANC cadres allowed ?

      Peter L' Estrange - 2013-07-12 22:00

      Why don't some of Ministers take a lesson on how to resign and stop further damage to their Departments - send Mr Magashula to go teach our Education Minister.

      Freddy van Wijk - 2013-07-13 12:11

      I don't buy the story either. There are more "illegal hands in the cookie jar".

  • aubrey.k.masola - 2013-07-12 15:16

    His tired of being controlled by the so called ZANC n now his going to join EFF

      Nathi Olifant - 2013-07-12 15:26

      and i haven't received my tax rebate :( he he he

      Ol Mabaso - 2013-07-12 18:25

      Aaaaaah, the best performing govt organisation... :(

  • Mandlenkosie Shaddy Nene - 2013-07-12 15:17

    WTF... I guess bowing out early is better.... he is man enough to see tht

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-07-12 20:42

      He won't be out of a job for too long, big business will be queuing up to employ him given his vast inside knowledge of SARS.

  • Bantu H Holomisa - 2013-07-12 15:20

    The sky was the limit for you- career wise but the trappings of power caught up with you. Thanks for resigning unlike ur political musters who would have to be proven guilty before they would vacate their posts.

      Toni Falletisch - 2013-07-12 17:44

      Will Mr Z follow this example, doubt it!

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-07-12 15:21

    I smell a rat here

      Wa Ga Radebe Mkhonyovhu - 2013-07-12 15:42

      and it's definetely not alex rats

  • Freddie Miller - 2013-07-12 15:22

    How dare he offer a qualified person a job?!? Those are reserved for unqualified, illiterate cadres... bloody agent!

      Erno - 2013-07-12 16:22

      This is where it started - follow the story from beginning to end before making stupid comments. The guy was out of line. Big time!

      Freddie Miller - 2013-07-12 16:37

      @Erno, the light hearted humour obviously when WAYYY over your head. The stupidest comment here is yours.

  • trev2 - 2013-07-12 15:26

    Correct me if I am just being stupid, but why can't a CA work at SARS?

      Waldo Strydom - 2013-07-12 15:30

      According to EWN she is linked to a drug dealer...

      Mark Smith - 2013-07-12 15:37

      There are certain procedures and security checks that need to be followed in appointing a person at SARS.

      trev2 - 2013-07-12 17:12

      @markt does that mean a professional qualification disqualifies you? I am quite sure SARS has quite a few CAs working for them. If there is something wrong with this candidate, like being a linked to a drug dealer that is a good reason, but what has that got to do with being a CA? I think the article is misleading, particularly the first paragraph.

      Stephen Green - 2013-07-12 17:34


  • Nathi Olifant - 2013-07-12 15:26


  • Waldo Strydom - 2013-07-12 15:28

    I guess it is a lot easier running away from your problems than facing them. The era of cowards!

      Tinavo Bvumburai Magaisa - 2013-07-12 16:28

      I think its the other way round. He is man enough to know that he messed up and that his actions compromised his position so the best thing is to step down so a "clean" person can take offer. He is being a gentleman I think.

  • Dick Etheridge - 2013-07-12 15:28

    Read this article again and appreciate a very rare occurrence in the ANC government...someone actually resigning, with immediate effect. FMC, that call's for an extra Bells tonight.

  • Justin Asher - 2013-07-12 15:31

    So let me get this right... A CA shouldn't work at SARS? Or they should, but shouldn't be offered a job? Or... SARS shouldn't offer jobs to qualified people?

      Tracey Battye Putter - 2013-07-12 15:44

      No can't "offer" must be advertised to give other qualified people an opportunity. Government dept is not the same, well not suppose to be although it happens in many gov depts, not suppose to be "jobs for friends"

      Garry Billson - 2013-07-12 15:46

      Thats correct you have to advertise them at all the main prisons and to the prison inmates old boys and ladies club. That is only if you have no brothers sisters aunties or friends looking for a cool job

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-07-12 15:53

      According to newspapers reports he offered this job under pressure from Marimuthu who has a criminal record now this will make u wonder what does this chap have over SARS commissioner.

      Ntuthuko Sabelo Ntuli - 2013-07-12 16:25

      what ever happened to the term "Head Hunt"

  • Mpho L Mashegoane - 2013-07-12 15:43

    Cry my beloved country,and they want you to pay tax,let me call Bobby Motaung and i know he will hook me up with that TAX certificate.

  • Christoffel Bouwer Nel - 2013-07-12 16:05

    Why are these PEOPLE so corrupt?

      Ol Mabaso - 2013-07-12 18:32

      This is a question N1

  • Mfundzi Manocha Risenga Zaveni - 2013-07-12 16:06

    Offer job to qualified ppl

      Tinavo Bvumburai Magaisa - 2013-07-12 16:29

      But wrong procedure

  • ABASHONI - 2013-07-12 16:08

    Shame!!! He also fell on Marimuthu's trap.

  • Feik Mc Heither - 2013-07-12 16:13

    You will always complain no matter how. Give him a Bells, he resigned although not found guilty. Look at your Basic Education Minister, still stuck in that chair like it's got a Hobbo's glue on it. Everybody hates her, but no she's going nowhere.

  • Thabang Maake - 2013-07-12 16:15

    must be zuma's friends, Thanks to newspapers

  • Ntaja Nemakhavhani - 2013-07-12 16:16

    Another one flushed like used condom! Lol

  • Ntuthuko Sabelo Ntuli - 2013-07-12 16:22

    yes get rid of a black man and replace him with an.....what does he know about a leading role the best he can do is to be a follower! Bloody Agents! *Pissed*

  • Moss Kop - 2013-07-12 16:22

    Oupa resign. We need people like him, if find out is wrong he resign. Replaced by.....

  • Pieter Kritzinger - 2013-07-12 16:25

    Please, please, please everyone. We have become so warped by the behaviour of South African officials that we fail to recognize this event for what it is. Somebody alleged to be corrupt, RESIGNED (even if pushed, he LEFT)! Who had thought that could still happen in the RSA. Bravo!!

      Tinavo Bvumburai Magaisa - 2013-07-12 16:31

      Very true. This guy has noticed that the office is bigger than him. Allegations aside, I think his actions (resigning with immediate effect) are honourable

      Thebe Alec Motshwadira - 2013-07-12 16:36

      Yes exactly what the president should have done

      Mzansi Unhinged - 2013-07-12 17:03

      That is honorable indeed and should set a precedent

  • John Smith - 2013-07-12 16:27

    The plot thickens...look at this old article... Investigate them both!!!!

  • John Smith - 2013-07-12 16:27 ...rotten to the core

  • Ntaja Nemakhavhani - 2013-07-12 16:28

    Another one flushed like used condom. LOL

  • John Smith - 2013-07-12 16:28

    REfer to prior smoke surrounding Timothy Marimuthu who had previously claimed to have Oupa in his pocket.... investigate Timothy Marimuthu

      Annelize Delport - 2013-07-12 19:35

      That would be very interesting to see where he fits into the picture !!

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-12 16:36

    He is ant-Zuma that's y he resigned

  • Khadija Osman - 2013-07-12 16:40

    Pravin needs to check why Mpisane got off? or maybe he already knows.

  • Jabu Mgidi - 2013-07-12 16:41


  • Bruce Graham - 2013-07-12 16:54

    Keep their integrity! so that they can keep taxing without providing any value in governance. Let's face it, with the axing of all the old civil servants, the government has lost its ability to govern, so that SARS is just collecting money for Nkandla repairs and croney payments. We need to boycott this rip off. Then we can slip into a civil democracy where civilians are responsible for their surrounds, instead of falling deeper into failed statehood.

  • Sibusiso Vince Nkosi - 2013-07-12 17:24

    At least he has the integrity to resign after being found guilty of wrongdoing

  • Elias Baloyi - 2013-07-12 17:25

    I am not in interested in who is wrong and or right, what I am thankful for is that he was man enough to bowed out before he could taunt SARS' image. With power comes great challenges and mistakes, it is what you do after that separate you/us from the rest.

  • Einstine Thescientist - 2013-07-12 17:30

    flush flush flush! another one bites the ... I Love SA!

  • Sentle Innocent - 2013-07-12 17:31

    I once had a small chat with u while u were stil an executive member @ telkomsa n i salute u 4 taking dat bold decision 2 resign.. unlike many others who have more than 8000 allegations but r still holding on 2 suggestion is dat u were set up but soldier on broer..

  • Indjun - 2013-07-12 17:38

    Oupa the HR guy... Lets this be a lesson in appointing HR to management

  • Hasani P - 2013-07-12 17:58

    Very honorable thing to do

  • Keith O'Reilly Morison - 2013-07-12 18:27

    Disgusting. Most small businesses don't turn that in a year!

  • Klip Indiebos - 2013-07-12 19:43

    A wish Showerhead would look and learn.

  • Chris P Noodle - 2013-07-12 20:06

    What does this mean ? If you are a chartered accountant you are overqualified and may be, heaven forbid, honest. Only numerically illiterate ANC cadres allowed ?

      Sandra Van Loggerenberg Rutherford - 2013-07-14 08:37

      No you not overqualified if your a CA. Jobs are supposed to be advertised and not offered over the phone to young ladies in the manner Oupa did.

  • Makhi Nxumalo - 2013-07-13 05:41

    Clearly, this was nepotism that Gordhan does not tolerate. What prevents private sector from doing what Pravin has done?

  • Jarques Johnstone-Cloete - 2013-07-13 07:00

    Gordhan for President!!!! He seems to have some integrity. Perhaps he can fire Zuma and all the corrupt officials as well!

  • Matsi'eddy Malebatso - 2013-07-13 08:36

    Thank you minister for giving us reasons.

  • Cuthbert Murwisi - 2013-07-13 09:59

    A case of self destruction. Corrupt idiot.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-13 21:13

    The ANC cadres cannot do ANYTHING without corruption

  • Mazwi Biyase - 2013-07-14 08:06

    well i wont say much because I don't see anything wrong about recruiting a CA.

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