7 November 2017

South Africa: DA Welcomes Confirmation of Commission of Inquiry Into Tax Administration

press release

The DA welcomes Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba's, announcement today that a Commission of Inquiry will be established to look into issues at the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

These are not new issues, but have been plaguing the SARS for some time now, and include:

- The mass exodus of Senior and effective employees;

- Reports of unlawful (according to the Auditor-General) bonuses paid out to SARS executives;

- Undue delays and wrongful obstructions to tax refunds;

- As well as factually incorrect communication surrounding people's tax returns.

The problems are clearly not new and have only worsened through the course of this year. The latest estimates, announced in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, pencil in a staggering revenue shortfall in excess of R50 billion for the current financial year.

In light of the continuing deterioration of the situation at SARS, the terms of reference that will guide the inquiry need to be defined and must be made public as soon as possible.

With the wide range of issues plaguing the SARS, the leadership of the institution must be thoroughly investigated, and the scope of the inquiry must extend at least as far back as when Tom Moyane was first appointed as the Commissioner of SARS.

This is imperative in ensuring transparency and openness over an issue that has to date been mired in a cloud of confidentiality.

The deterioration of the public's trust in SARS must be halted to avoid further shortfalls in revenue collections.

Alf Lees MP

DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Finance

South Africa

Manyonga Leaps to Victory, Shange Sets SA Record

Long jump star Luvo Manyonga and race walker Lebogang Shange were the best of a large South African contingent at the… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Democratic Alliance. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.