080310 The new offices of SARS at corner Rissik street and Albert street. Picture: Ziphozonke Lushaba

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has appointed economist Thomas Moyane as the new head of the South African Revenue Service, effective from September 27, the president's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Moyane previously worked at the state information technology agency and takes over a job vacated last year by Oupa Magashula.

“President Jacob Zuma, has in terms of section 6 of the SA Revenue Services Act, 1997 appointed Mr Thomas (Tom) Swabihi Moyane as Commissioner of the SARS,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Moyane replaces Ivan Pillay, who acted in the position after the resignation of former commissioner, Oupa Magashula.

Magashula resigned in July last year following an investigation into allegations that he offered a chartered accountant a job at Sars.

Magashula allegedly offered the accountant a job in a recorded telephone conversation facilitated by a Timothy Marimuthu, believed to have had influence over Magashula.

The investigation was initiated by former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Maharaj said Moyane, a development economist, would bring more than 30 years' experience to the position, having worked as a senior executive in various government and private sector entities.

“Moyane has served as national commissioner at the department of correctional services, as chief executive officer for the Government Printing Works, as managing director for Engen Mozambique as well as regional co-ordinator for the regional spatial development initiatives and as chief director for industry and enterprise development at the department of trade and industry,” he said.

His qualifications included a BSc Economics from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, and a diploma in small business consulting from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Moyane also holds certificates in strategic management, managing markets from Henley, micro-economics from London School of Economics and Mastering Finance from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science).

“During his period in exile, he worked for government departments in Mozambique and Guinea Bissau,” Maharaj said. -

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