SARSFinancial Mail reports that the clean-up at the SA Revenue Service (Sars) is continuing apace, but senior officials who served under former commissioner Tom Moyane have received payouts to leave the tax collector.  

Apparently, former Sars IT boss Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane agreed to a six-month payout.  Her resignation, along with that of former group head of employment relations Luther Lebelo, was announced this month.  Makhekhe-Mokhuane was appointed through a flawed process by Moyane in 2017.  She was suspended in August, but had been on discretionary leave for four months before then.  She reportedly turned down a settlement offer of four months’ pay in exchange for her resignation.  Through mutual agreement, she apparently received R1.8m — a six-month payout — and has left the tax agency.  A similar settlement offer was apparently extended to some other senior executives who served under Moyane.  Former chief officer for human capital & development Teboho Mokoena resigned last week and enforcement head Hlengani Mathebula resigned in August.  All of the individuals who have now left formed part of the executive committee — a key leadership structure which provided critical support to the commissioner in running Sars.  Having the tainted individuals depart speedily enables new commissioner Edward Kieswetter to appoint a new executive team to speed up the rebuilding of the institution.

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