South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane. PHOTO: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA

CAPE TOWN - South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane is shielding companies that conspire with criminal entities, according to the South African Communist Party (SACP). 

The SACP is calling for Moyane to be fired and believes that he has soiled the revenue service’s image. “In the presence where the leadership of the receiver of revenue protects intuitions that collude with criminal syndicates, it’s impossible therefore to think that they can do the right job in that institution, “ SACP head Solly Mapaila said.

Moyane is accountable for the expected R50 billion tax revenue shortfall according to Mapaila and the alleged corruption between members within SARS and the tobacco industry. Mapaila stressed that Moyane has allowed wide-spread corruption to permeate within Sars and said there is a lot of rot within the revenue service. 

On Monday the Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was called by the South African Communist Party to terminate Moyane's position at Sars. At an SACP rally on Sunday, Mapaila called on Gigaba to clean up SARS and remove the Gupta influence within the revenue service 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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