A total of 506 employees left the South African Revenue Service (SARS) this year, according to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. Replying to a parliamentary question by the DA’s deputy finance spokesman, Alf Lees, Gigaba said 128 of these staff members who had departed had university degrees and 58 came from the audit division. The average age of those who left was 43.38 years and the average length of service was 14.78 years. Of those who left, 344 resigned, 83 retired and the services of 40 were terminated. The reply did not provide figures for previous years, so it was not possible to determine whether the departures represented an "exodus" or were a normal pattern. But Lees said the reply revealed "the sheer extent of the brain drain" at SARS.

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