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SARSBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a new chairperson for the disciplinary inquiry into suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane.  

Former Constitutional Court justice Kate O’Regan was removed as chairperson of the inquiry after Moyane’s attorney, Eric Mabuza, highlighted O’Regan’s unsuitability for overseeing the matter due to her long-standing position on the board of civil society organisation Corruption Watch.  The organisation has been agitating for Moyane to face criminal charges over his handling of a disciplinary case of his de facto second-in-command, Jonas Makwakwa.  In a statement on Tuesday, the Presidency said Ramaphosa had appointed Azhar Bham SC as the presiding officer in the inquiry.  "While the President is certain that Judge O’Regan would have adjudicated the matter objectively and that her position did not present a conflict, he decided that it would nevertheless be important to remove any possible perception of bias," the Presidency indicated.  Ramaphosa suspended Moyane in March for his handling of the Makwakwa matter and for allegedly misleading Parliament, making unauthorised bonus payments to executive members and instructing a SARS official not to co-operate with a KPMG inquiry.

  • Read this report by Natasha Marrian in full at BusinessLive

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