Altogether 506 employees left the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in the first 10 months of 2017, but while the DA says this brain drain is a sign of the weakening of the institution, SARS says the rate of attrition among permanent employees has shown a constant decline over the past four years. The management of SARS under commissioner Tom Moyane has been called into question and the assumption has been made that his reorganisation of the institution and his management style have caused a mass exodus of highly skilled professionals. Replying in writing to a parliamentary question by DA deputy finance spokesman Alf Lees, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba revealed that of the 506 individuals who left SARS in 2017, a total of 128 had university degrees (double counted where a person holds several degrees) and 58 came from the audit division. The average age of those who left was 43.38 years and the average period of service 14.78 years. Of those who left 344 resigned, 83 retired and...

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