Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

The credibility of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) is still at risk, unless the institution is depoliticised, the Sars commission of inquiry has found and recommends that any new commissioner appointed should be "apolitical". The commission, chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent, has made far-reaching recommendations to bolster governance at Sars, including the appointment of an inspector-general, a deputy commissioner and for the oversight powers of the finance minister over Sars to be strengthened. Nugent was tasked with investigating governance and administration at Sars by President Cyril Ramaphosa after a R100bn hole in revenue collection developed since former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane took over in 2014. Nugent in his final report handed to Ramaphosa on Friday found that the situation at Sars under Moyane was a “catastrophe”. The final report said that this situation was “attributable to a massive failure of governance, coupled with pervasive breaches of integrity” at the ta...

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