Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says suspended South African Reserve Service (SARS) Commissioner Tom Moyane was too pre-occupied with issues around the so-called ‘rogue unit’.

Nene says he established the Kroon commission, chaired by retired judge Frank Kroon, in 2015 in a desperate attempt to fix the problems at SARS.

Nene told the SARS inquiry underway in Pretoria about his relations with Moyane at the time.

“In the period that I worked with the commissioner, we had a number of issues to deal with and I reached a point, there were some instances, like I said, I ended up having to appoint the Kroon commission because I felt that the Commissioner was paying too much attention to the so called rogue unit rather than focusing on the revenue collection… which is the core function. But I think that we handled that matter quite maturely – but I continued to have my reservations in terms of, from time to time, having to call the Commissioner to order, in order to focus on the revenue collection.”

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