Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

The SA Revenue Service (Sars) is moving to recoup monies earned by consultants Bain & Company and has halted further work with Gartner. The commission of inquiry into Sars governance and administration, headed by retired judge Robert Nugent, heard from former COO Barry Hore on Thursday that he would not have paid Gartner the near R200m earned for its work on the Sars IT system, which has been described as unnecessary and expensive. Hore had headed up Sars’s near decade-long modernisation process, shifting it into the digital age, before it was abruptly stopped by suspended commissioner Tom Moyane when he was appointed in 2014. The contracts entered into with both Gartner and Bain, under Moyane, have been shown to be highly irregular, "improper and unethical". Evidence before the inquiry showed there were close ties between both consultants and Moyane even before they were awarded the tenders, which amounted to a combined sum of about R400m. On Wednesday, Sars CFO Johnstone Makhubu t...

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