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Moyane hits out at naysayers and doomsday prophets

Apr 01 2016 17:23
Lizeka Tandwa

Johannesburg – South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane lashed out at his detractors during his speech at the Sars building in Pretoria saying he had proven wrong all those who doubted his character.
 
“To the naysayers and doomsday prophets who distract our attention to the mandate of Sars to effectively and efficiently collect all revenue due to the fiscus, today we have closed that chapter,” he said.

Moyane said he would like to thank his wife who had helped him through character assassinations by the media and others. He said he was called an incompetent and inept leader.

“Aspersions were cast on my character. I was called an incompetent, incapable, inept leader of this important institution. My personal integrity was questioned, in this hallowed and scared environment were we dare to thread how sacrilegious it is that an urban African can not only overcome socio-historical prejudice but set the bar so high for his employees that he best believes,” he said.

Sars managed to collect R1trn in tax payments for the first time in South Africa’s history, despite the recent political distractions, Moyane said.

He said working together with unity in action he and his team achieved what was seemingly impossible against all odds.
 
In what seemed like a jab to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Moyane said he was not a minister nor did he want to be. He was responding to Gordhan who had made a faux pas that maybe Moyane wanted to be a minister.

Referring to Moyane, Gordhan said: “Let me first congratulate you and your team minister, I said minister, clearly that’s good times coming ahead.”

Meanwhile, the Mail&Guardian reported that Moyane is suing them and its amaBhungane reporters for defamation following an article published in February.

The newspaper stated that the story said Sars insiders had accused a group close to Moyane of grabbing control of a key revenue-generating division that deals with large corporations and wealthy individuals, the Large Business Centre (LBC).

sars  |  pravin gordhan  |  tom moyane  |  taxes  |  sa economy
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