Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

A host of contenders have been identified to replace embattled SA Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane after he was axed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week. Moyane and Ramaphosa are set to be locked in a court battle over the move for some time, but this is unlikely to block the president from appointing a permanent tax boss, in order to “stabilise Sars”. It will not be surprising if Ramaphosa waits for the Sars commission of inquiry to submit its final report at the end of November before announcing a permanent commissioner. In his terms of reference, Ramaphosa specifically asked the commission, chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent, to pronounce on the suitability of the current Sars governance arrangements and make recommendations for the future. Moyane was suspended seven months ago, on full pay. Ramaphosa was emboldened to fire Moyane after Nugent recommended in his interim report that Moyane be axed and a new commissioner be appointed urgently in order to stabi...

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