SARSBusinessLive reports that the enormous exodus of senior staff at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) since 2014 will dominate the first leg of public hearings into the administration of the tax agency.  

The probe by Judge Robert Nugent is set to start on Tuesday.   The brief of the inquiry is to investigate the reasons for the departure of senior or experienced employees, whether they were "coerced in any manner into resigning", whether any severance benefits were paid to them, whether there was an obligation to inform the minister of finance of these resignations, and whether that obligation was in fact discharged.  The highly anticipated inquiry into tax administration and governance at SARS will also focus on restructuring at the agency during the term of suspended commissioner Tom Moyane.  The restructuring is linked to the exodus of senior or experienced employees.  Moyane is facing a separate disciplinary process.  An interim report is expected by end-September and a final one by end-November.

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