Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

The enormous exodus of senior staff at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) since 2014 will dominate the first leg of the Judge Robert Nugent public hearings into the administration of the tax agency that is set to start on Tuesday. The highly anticipated inquiry into tax administration and governance at SARS will also have focus on restructuring at the agency during the term of suspended commissioner Tom Moyane. The restructuring is linked to the exodus of senior or experienced employees. The inquiry is also set to delve into allegations about a controversial R70m tax refund paid to the politically connected Gupta family. Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan is set to be the first to make submissions to the inquiry, which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February.

Former acting commissioner Ivan Pillay will also make a submission to the inquiry this week, following his unceremonious departure from SARS in 2015 after the now-discredited "rogue unit" saga unf...

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