SARS hands Pillay another suspension notice


18 December 2014 The labour court has reserved judgement on a bid to lift the suspension of a senior SARS executive. It's also ordered the revenue service to withdraw, Peter Richer's suspension and pay his legal costs.

JOHANNESBURG - SARS has handed its deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay another suspension notice only a day after his reinstatement, according to a Sunday Times report.
The taxman was on Thursday ordered by the Labour Court to lift its previous suspension of Pillay for legal reasons.
"The suspension of the applicant is unlawful on the basis that constitutes a breach of his contract of employment," she said. "[SARS] is directed to uplift the applicant&39;s suspension with immediate effect."
Pillay was reportedly suspended for bringing Sars into disrepute by "authorising, or failing to prevent, rogue behaviour by those employed to conduct unlawful operations".
Following media reports, Pillay had appointed a panel to investigate allegations about a special projects unit and its alleged illegal activities at SARS.
The Sunday Times says Pillay was suspended based on fears he could tamper with evidence during the investigation, something he had allegedly done before.
He was also suspected of being party to setting up a covert intelligence unit within Sars despite knowing that it was unconstitutional, it reported.
He has until January 12 to give his employer reasons not to suspend him.