Mark Kingon's tenure as SARS commissioner extended by Tito Mboweni

Mark Kingon has been reappointed as the acting head of SARS for another 90 days.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has extended Mark Kingon’s tenure as the acting head of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for another 90 days or until a new commissioner is appointed. His term has now been extended four times. 

Kingon’s new term will last until 11 June as the tax agency continues to wait for President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint a permanent commissioner. 

Kingon has more than 34 years’ experience with SARS since he joined in 1984, when it was established. He has served as the group executive for Relationship Management within Business and Individual Taxes, and as acting chief officer for Business and Individual Taxes. 

Kingon was originally appointed as acting head of SARS in March last year, taking over from Tom Moyane, who was suspended and later dismissed by the president after refusing to resign. 

After his dismissal, Moyane appealed to the Constitutional Court, which dismissed his application, stating it “bears no reasonable prospect for success”. 

In February, Mboweni appointed a panel of seven members, which is chaired by Trevor Manuel, to interview and shortlist SARS commissioner candidates. 

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