South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Tom Moyane. PHOTO: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA
CAPE TOWN - Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is under pressure by the South African Communist Party (SACP) to fire SA Revenue Service (SARS) head Tom Moyane.

SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila told news media that Moyane should leave Sars, and called for Sars to be cleaned.

Otherwise we will continue to have many, many more budget shortfalls."

Gigaba confirmed during his Medium-Term Budget speech that South Africa will experience a R50 billion tax revenue shortfall.

At an SACP rally on Sunday, Mapaila called on Gigaba to clean up Sars and remove the Gupta influence within Sars if he wants more money for SA.

"Get rid of individuals in SARS that are reporting to the president and all their connections, so that the institution can remain independent and support the mission of its government, not personal interests."

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In September the SACP called for action against KPMG and Moyane.

SARS commissioner Tom Moyane and auditing firm KPMG should face action for the fiasco around claims of a "rogue unit" within the revenue service, which led to several people losing their jobs, including former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, the SACP said.

"It is common knowledge that Moyane relied on the KPMG 'rogue unit' report to engineer the dismissal of key Sars personnel dealing with sensitive matters related to state capture," the SACP said in a statement following KPMG's withdrawal of the report on which Moyane relied to lay criminal charges against Gordhan, and the commissioner's subsequent attack on the auditing company for alleged "reputational damage" done to Sars as a result of its disavowal of the report.

"It is also evident that the 'findings' of the KPMG report were in fact predetermined by instructions from within SARS. KPMG has now, quite correctly, disavowed these 'findings', while Moyane, instead of getting to the bottom of who in SARS pushed KPMG in this direction, defends these concocted 'findings'."

While welcoming KPMG's withdrawal of the report, the SACP believed the company's conduct was deplorable and "far too little, and too late".



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