Tax boss’ resignation welcomed

Oupa Magashula Tax boss’ resignation welcomed

Two opposition parties have welcomed the resignation of SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Oupa Magashula following investigations into alleged misconduct.

“We appreciate that this could not have been an easy decision and applaud Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s move to ensure that the integrity of the tax authority is protected,” Democratic Alliance MP Tim Harris said yesterday.

The DA also welcomed Gordhan’s decision to appoint Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay to the position in an acting capacity, but wanted a permanent appointment made as soon as “practically possible”.

The treasury said earlier that Magashula resigned following an investigation into allegations that he offered a chartered accountant a job at Sars.

“Following the outcome of a fact-finding inquiry into these allegations, Magashula has resigned with effect from July 12 2013,” Gordhan told reporters in Pretoria.

The Inkatha Freedom Party also welcomed Magashula’s decision.

“It is critical that the institutional integrity of Sars is maintained, and therefore the resignation of commissioner Magashula must be welcomed,” party spokesperson Narend Singh said.

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