Edward Kieswetter. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
Edward Kieswetter. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The new commissioner of Sars will be Edward Kieswetter. 

His appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa was announced by the Treasury on Wednesday evening.

Kieswetter, who was the previous deputy commissioner of Sars as well as former group CEO of Alexander Forbes, will take over from acting commissioner Mark Kingon with effect from May 1 2019 for a term of five years.

“The decision was informed by the recommendation to the president from the finance minister that the recommended candidate of the independent selection panel be appointed,” the Treasury said in a statement.

The independent selection panel that recommended Kieswetter was chaired by former finance minister Trevor Manuel and consisted of Angela Bester, Justice Dennis Davis, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Treasury deputy director general Ismail Momoniat, Thandi Orleyn and Fezekile Tshiqi.

Kieswetter was chosen from a list of six shortlisted candidates consisting of Nathaniel Mabetwa, Sunita Manik, Kingon, Gene Ravele and Nazrien Kader.

Finance minister Tito Mboweni submitted the panel’s report and his recommendation to the president on Monday. Ramaphosa accepted his recommendation.

“Mr Kieswetter emerged as the strongest candidate, based on his past experience as deputy commissioner for Sars between 2004 and 2009, and his subsequent track record of transformative leadership and his experience of turning around a large institution.”

Ramaphosa said: “We have every confidence that Mr Kieswetter has the experience, integrity and skills required to turn Sars around by restoring revenue collection, redirecting operations toward innovation, developing future leaders for the organisation, and restoring Sars’s credibility and integrity.”

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