Hours before Edward Kieswetter was announced as the new SA Revenue Service commissioner, the EFF said it rejected his appointment and would explore legal options to invalidate his “unlawful” appointment. The appointment was announced on Wednesday evening in a statement by the National Treasury and takes effect on May 1 2019. Kieswetter, who is a former Sars deputy commissioner, was a senior executive at Eskom as well as group CEO of Alexander Forbes. He is on Transnet’s board. During his tenure at Sars, Kieswetter established the Large Business Centre and High Net Worth Individual Unit. He was appointed following a closed interview process after which a shortlist of candidates was presented to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Six candidates were on the list, including acting Sars commissioner Mark Kingon. The EFF complained about the “secret” interviews for the top Sars post, saying they went against the principle of transparency. The party was also concerned that Kieswetter was deputy co...

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