Sars suspends Richer again

Sars suspends Richer again

2015-01-07 18:43

Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Service's strategic planning and risk group executive, Peter Richer, has been suspended again, Sars has announced.

Richer was officially suspended on Tuesday, it said in a statement.

He and deputy Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay were initially suspended on 5 December amid allegations of a special projects unit engaging in illegal activities in Sars.

Situation merits suspension

Both men challenged their suspension before the labour court. On 17 December Richer and Sars reached an out of court agreement that his suspension would be lifted to give him time to make representations as to why he should not be suspended.

On Wednesday however, the tax collector said: "Sars has considered Mr Richer’s representations and remains of the view that the situation merits a suspension."

Pillay went ahead with his labour court bid to be reinstated. The court found Sars breached its contract with him when it suspended him without written notice.

"Clearly... Sars acted in breach of the contract when it issued the suspension notice without complying with... the suspension policy," Judge Annelie Basson ruled on 18 December.

Returned to work

"I am also persuaded that the applicant was not afforded an opportunity to make representations."

She ordered that Pillay's suspension be lifted and he returned to work on 18 December.

The Sunday Times however reported that Sars handed Pillay a suspension notice the same day. It gave Pillay until 12 January to say why he should not be suspended again.

  • Secrecy Bill - 2015-01-07 19:42

    If it looks, walks, stinks and cowers like a whisle blowing cover up ..... then it's probably a ZANC-STYLE damage control operation ! .... (Again and again and again and again ad nauseum ! )

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2015-01-07 20:23

    If an employee has breached a rule, management can suspend him/her, that depends on the seriousness of the misdemeanour. The individual is charged and the suspension is done with due adherence to the LR Act. You don't ask an employee to give reasons why he should not be suspended. The purging in SARS continues, toe the line and protect Eiffel Tower, or face the boot.

  • Peter Webb - 2015-01-07 21:03

    They both know to much to do with zuma.

  • Dennis Burns - 2015-01-07 21:47

    Read the signs. . . Up until now, the only efficient government department or government enterprise was Finance. JZ has got now goy rid of 2 perfectly capable Ministers of Finance . . . Next he will get rid of Thuli. There's no end to his determination to stay out of jail! Once he has achieved this, he will change the provincial boundaries.or reduce the number of Provinces to 8 by combining Western and Eastern Cape. That's the only way he will get control of DA territory. ANC does not give a jot for their people.. . . Only power and money! Its no good imploring the masses to vote against the ANC, the education system has been so dumbed down to ensure the masses stay uneducated. If only a clever black statesman would start a credible opposition?!!!

  • Marius Theart - 2015-01-08 07:16

    Why punish the men who saw a problem and they tried to fix it by getting this special unit together. Why must all of us adhere and pay taxes and the rich pays almost nothing. It is about time that someone at SARS says enough is enough. If we did what these business men did we would not be fined but jailed. Funny how this new Tax Administration Act does not apply to them. Which there was more people at SARS like that. Zuma and his buddies now the time is near. They are coming for him.

  • Parry Nyte - 2015-01-08 07:27

    This could only mean that these men have proof of Zuma and his goons have their fingers deep inside the pie.

  • Magomarele Gomi Thobejane - 2015-01-08 09:18

    I've also learned that I'll be suspended if I keep talking too much, so I decided to shut up to state intimidations.

  • Mally Gee - 2015-01-08 09:34

    Is suspension a punishment??

  • Jimminy Cricket - 2015-01-08 10:16

    I agree with a tax revolution. Taxpayers and companies should stand together, pay your taxes into a trust until Zuma and his corrupt government pays back all the money stolen and Zuma resigns. Seeing as Zuma thinks corruption is a western thing, then taxes shuld be seen as a western thing and taken away from them!!

      Jimminy Cricket - 2015-01-08 10:23

      They are powerless without our taxes!! Power is given, not taken!!

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