Decide where you stand. That’s the message the newly appointed SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, has for his colleagues at the tax agency. Kieswetter takes the reins at the embattled revenue service — one of the many institutions hollowed out by state capture — next month. The new Sars boss is not unfamiliar with the effects of state capture — or with what needs to be done to clear out the rot. For the past year, he has served on the board of Transnet, one of the state-owned enterprises weakened by rampant corruption and mismanagement over the past decade. The new Transnet board, under Popo Molefe, hit the ground running when it was appointed a year ago, wasting no time in removing those allegedly considered complicit in state capture — including group CEO Siyabonga Gama — and recovering money allegedly looted through procurement contracts.

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