If new Sars boss Edward Kieswetter wants to fix the tax agency the first thing he has to do is remove those linked to Tom Moyane. Kieswetter, who was appointed last week, has predictably been subjected to a backlash from the EFF, an early reminder, if needed, that he will need a thick skin. He is a former deputy to Pravin Gordhan during his time as commissioner when Trevor Manuel, who was tasked with chairing the committee looking for Moyane’s successor, was finance minister. The EFF’s line of attack included the charge that Kieswetter was at Sars when the so-called rogue unit, a narrative that has since been discredited, was established. It’s not unthinkable that many of those who drove that story, which destabilised and weakened the institution, are still there and are working against change. The EFF’s interest in the dealings at Sars took a more definite turn after Moyane, who was seen as a staunch Zuma ally, was fired by President Cyril Ramaphosa in November. Moyane’s axing was ...

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