Suspended SARS boss Tom Moyane's management style may have been one factor in the loss of billions in revenue, evidence placed before the Nugent commission of inquiry into tax administration and governance at SARS revealed this week. Evidence by Sunita Manik, who had worked at SARS for 23 years and was the head of the large business centre that was shut down, or "carved out", showed that the restructuring of the centre, as well as the intimidation and exodus of key staff, were contributing factors in SARS's revenue numbers falling by more than R130-billion over the period of Moyane's administration. In her final year at the helm, the large business centre had achieved revenue of R380-billion against an expenditure budget of R349-million, but it was closed down and its high-collecting staff pushed out. Both Bain & Co, which had advised Moyane, and the commissioner himself, have denied that the centre had been shuttered, but Manik said it had effectively ceased operating as the jugger...

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