OUTA welcomes new SARS boss

Edward Kieswetter - the new Commissioner of SARS - has a tough job ahead.

28/03/2019 08:24:23

OUTA welcomes new SARS boss

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) welcomes the appointment of Edward Kieswetter as the new Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the appointment on the recommendation of a selection panel which was chaired by former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

“This is a step in the right direction. SARS was once an internationally lauded institution but has lost its shine over the past few years,” says Heinrich Volmink, OUTA’s Executive Head: National Government Division. “We look forward to the revenue service regaining and surpassing its former glory.”

The new SARS head steps into his role in May.

“It is imperative that he focuses on long-term solutions that will elevate the country’s economy and public confidence,” says Volmink.

OUTA welcomes the release of the appointment panel's report, as it inspires confidence in this appointment and in the future of this crucial institution.

Kieswetter replaces Tom Moyane who had been in OUTA’s crosshairs since his appointment by former President Jacob Zuma. “Moyane’s conduct was mired in controversy,” says Volmink. “He caused a lot of damage to this once well-respected, world-class institution. The shortfalls in meeting the SARS  revenue targets were exponential during his tenure.”

We thank acting Commissioner Mark Kingon for getting the turnaround started.


OUTA is a proudly South African civil action organisation, that is purely crowd funded. Our work is supported by ordinary citizens who are passionate about holding government accountable and ensuring our taxes are used to the benefit of all South Africans.