The action by members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) and National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) yesterday brought the revenue service to a standstill throughout the country.
The strike could disrupt customs operations at national ports of entry including the Durban harbour, which is the country’s busiest port. Airports Company of South Africa spokesperson Nangomso Jacobs could not immediately confirm whether Sars officials at airports had been instructed not to join the strike as these are national key points.
The strike comes a day after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Edward Kieswetter as the new commissioner.
Phakamani Ndunakazi, Nehawu provincial secretary, said employees were aggrieved by Sars’s decision to take away their benefits such as performance bonuses, and bursaries for employees and dependants and by the salary increase being offered.