Retired Supreme Court judge Robert Nugent. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI
Retired Supreme Court judge Robert Nugent. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

The SA Revenue Service was “seized” by Boston-based consultancy Bain & Company and axed commissioner Tom Moyane, who had arrived at the tax agency in 2014 “without integrity”. 

This is among the findings of the Sars commission of inquiry final report submitted to the Presidency on Friday.

The inquiry, chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent, outlined far-reaching “failures of integrity and governance” at Sars in a detailed 200-page report which covers everything from VAT refunds to the Guptas, to Moyane’s bid to take personal control of taxpayer settlements.

“What we have found and report on are manifestations of the failure of integrity and governance we have observed, but it is probable there were others we did not detect,” the report said. It goes on to hightlight allegations about the so-called rogue unit as well as Boston-based constancy Bain & Company’s complicity in Moyane’s “seizure” of Sars.

“Clearly Bain and Mr Moyane were in deep collusion to restructure Sars, no matter what they might have found [there]. Neither was concerned for the interests of Sars, but for their own interests, that were at least aligned with one another, though they might not have been quite the same,” the report said.

It says Bain was less than honest in its interaction with Sars and paying back the money it earned from its work is not enough to make amends for what it has done. Full disclosure will go further to help the situation.

The report makes far-reaching recommendations on how to strengthen governance at Sars and how to beef up the process to appoint someone to the key post of commissioner at the revenue service.