Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. File photo: Ian Landsberg

Johannesburg - A retired judge will be appointed to probe allegations of impropriety against South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Oupa Magashula, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Sunday.

“I have decided to institute a thorough investigation of the matter,” he said in a statement.

“After consultations with the minister of justice (Jeff Radebe), I will appoint a retired judge to establish whether there was any breach of Sars processes, good governance, the nature of any possible indiscretion and to advise on appropriate remedies where breaches may have occurred.”

The South African Revenue Service said a tape recording in which Magashula appears to offer a job to an associate of a convicted drug dealer revealed nothing scandalous, the City Press reported.

“Sars has no reason to doubt the integrity of the Sars commissioner in either his professional or private life,” Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay told the Sunday paper. - Sapa