Retired judge Robert Nugent says his commission will not be deterred by “sideshows” in the face of criticism of his recommendation that suspended Sars commissioner Tom Moyane be axed by the embattled tax boss’s attorney. Responding to questions received by the commission from journalists on whether Nugent had overstepped his mark in the call for Moyane’s head, Nugent said his recommendation was not a call on a “disciplinary matter”, but was one of “management” of Sars. The judge had submitted an interim report to President Cyril Ramaphosa in which he recommended Moyane’s removal so as to stabilise Sars.

Nugent’s terms of reference are clearly defined and are directly aimed at determining whether the tax agency was being optimally managed to deliver on its mandate. In his interim report, released by Ramaphosa this week, Nugent speaks directly to this question. He highlights how the management of Sars had deteriorated; how its relationship with other state institutions, such as ...

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