Former Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi African News Agency/ANA

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Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa has fired embattled South African Revenue Services (Sars) boss Tom Moyane, it was reported on Thursday. 

According to Business Day, this comes after Ramaphosa accepted the recommendation of retired judge Robert Nugent, who heads the commission of inquiry into tax administration and governance at Sars, in his interim report that he fire Moyane.

Moyane's axing was confirmed by presidential spokesperson Khusile Diko in a brief telephone interview with Business Report.

The chop comes a day after the embattled former Sars commissioner wrote to Ramaphosa, asking him to reject Nugent's recommendation. 

Moyane in the letter also accused the commission of moving towards an outcome that is predetermined and is wholly biased. 

Moyane’s attorney, Eric Mabuza, said that he has given Ramaphosa a deadline of next Friday to say whether he has accepted the commission’s recommendations or he will be taken to court. 

The DA welcomed the announcement, saying that in the short period that Moyane was in charge of SARS, he managed to "reduce the vital entity from being a world leader in tax collection to being a friend of the ANC’s State Capture project".

"In the words of Judge Nugent in the Interim Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance by the South African Revenue Service, 'the day Moyane took office was a calamity for SARS'.

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