Acting Sars Commissioner's term extended

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has asked Mark Kingon to stay on for a further three months. 

The term of Mark Kingon, acting commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), has been extended by 90 days. Kingon was appointed acting commissioner on 20 March, following the suspension of Tom Moyane.

According to the Sars Act, no employee may serve as acting commissioner for a period longer than 90 days at a time. Moreover, a permanent appointment can only be made when there is a vacancy. Today, Monday 18 June, marks 90 days since Kingon took over.

National Treasury has however said that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene approved the extension of Mr Kingon’s position as Acting Commissioner and that, as the Commissioner is currently suspended, there is no vacancy.

So far, Kingon is managing to stay afloat in the role. He has already announced numerous initiatives to improve efficiency and service. The 2018 tax season, which has been shortened by three weeks, starts on 1 July.