The South African Revenue Service (SARS) paid R8.5-million in restraint-of-trade settlements to three former executives who left during the furore over the “rogue ” spy unit.
Former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay was paid R3.9-million and group executive for strategic planning Peter Richter R3.77-million.
They were implicated in the setting up of the investigative unit‚ suspended in December 2014 and resigned in May last year after a long disciplinary inquiry.
Terms of their packages were not disclosed at the time.
The annual report of the tax authority tabled in parliament yesterday revealed that an additional R858 723 was paid in a sixmonth restraint-of-trade settlement with former head of tax and customs enforcement Gene Ravele‚ who resigned in May last year ahead of a threatened suspension‚ also related to the investigative unit.
In his foreword to the report‚ Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan noted that SARS as an institution was very respected‚ but this could not be taken for granted.
“The public and various stakeholders are today fast losing trust in government and the private sector elite‚” the minister said.
SARS commissioner Tom Moyane‚ who has butted heads with Gordhan since his appointment‚ expressed appreciation in his statement to Gordhan for his leadership and invaluable support.
“The support and strong working relationship between SARS and the national Treasury is also crucial – long may this continue!”
The annual report showed that SARS had outstanding debt of R96.4-billion at its March year -end‚ with R66.6-billion of this established debt and R29.7-billion uncertain.
Of the outstanding debt‚ R25-billion was due by companies‚ R17-billion by individuals‚ R29-billion by VAT vendors and R8-billion for pay as you earn.