PRETORIA – A former executive in the information technology (IT) division of the SA Revenue Services (Sars) on Tuesday, told the Nugent Commission of Inquiry at the work provided by Gartner a global advisory firm, did not add any value at Sars and was not worth it.
"I would have not spent that amount of money for this piece of work," Andre Scheepers told the inquiry.
Gartner received more than R200 million in a phased tender to review and develop a new IT strategy for Sars in 2015, prior to halting the IT modernisation project which is a critical element for the agency's online revenue collection system and its security.
Suspended Sars commissioner Tom Moyane – who was appointed in 2014 – reportedly restructured the Sars’ operating model based on advice from Gartner and consulting agency Bain.
Witnesses who was testified before the inquiry have blasted both operating models for bringing Sars to its knees and fracturing crucial units in the revenue service.