Parliament - There is good progress underway in criminal investigations stemming from the damage wrought on the South African Revenue Service (SARS) during the Tom Moyane era, National Treasury deputy-director general Ismail Momoniat said on Tuesday.
"In the last few months we have had very positive interaction with the Hawks and the NPA... I have a sense that there is movement and I feel a bit positive that something will happen," Momoniat told Parliament's standing committee on finance.
The Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance at SARS recommended that criminal charges be pursued over the awarding of a contract, under axed former commissioner Tom Moyane, to Boston-based consultancy Bain & Company that developed a flawed operating model for the revenue service.
The operating model resulted in a loss of R100 billion in revenue and severely compromised the tax collector's reputation.
Momoniat said the tax service still had some way to go in repairing the damage and restoring collection levels, telling the committee: "It will take SARS at least two years be in a decent space."