Parliament’s standing committee of finance on Tuesday welcomed the suspension of South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner, Tom Moyane, and urged that the disciplinary inquiry into his behaviour be swift, fair and decisive. In a statement discussed at its meeting, the committee also urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to establish a commission of inquiry into SARS as soon as possible. This should include an examination of how SARS has managed the allegations against former head of business and individual tax Jonas Makwakwa and his colleague and companion Kerry-Ann Elskie. The commission should also investigate the legitimacy of SARS’s disbandment of the high-risk investigative unit (the so-called rogue unit), and include a consideration of the significance of the withdrawal by accounting firm KPMG of its recommendations made in its report on the unit. The committee also believed the commission should probe the exodus of senior staff from the tax authority. The committee said it ...

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