APPOINTMENT OF NEW COMMISSIONER FOR SARS, MR EDWARD KIESWETTER
President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in terms of Section 6 of the South African Revenue Service Act, appointed Mr Edward Kieswetter as the Commissioner for South African Revenue Service (SARS) with effect from 1 May 2019 for a term of five years. The decision was informed by the recommendation to the President from the Minister of Finance that the recommended candidate of the independent selection panel be appointed.
The process for the appointment of the SARS Commissioner is informed by the South African Revenue Service Act and was guided by the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance by SARS chaired by retired Judge Robert Nugent.
Among other things, the Nugent Commission recommended that the “candidate or candidates for appointment should submit to a private interview by a panel of four or more members selected by the President”, that the panel should make recommendations to the President and that the recommendations of the panel “should be made public”.
The independent selection panel was chaired by former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel and composed of the following members:
• Ms. Angela Bester
• Justice Dennis Davis
• Ms. Sindi Mabaso-Koyana
• Mr. Ismail Momoniat
• Ms. Thandi Orleyn
• Mr. Fezekile Tshiqi
The position was advertised on 16 December 2018 and applications closed on 18 January 2019.