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A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo - RTX2CZDI

The South African revenue collector is putting in place governance systems, competent leadership and boosting staff morale to turn around its fortunes, said the South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter on Wednesday.

Kieswetter was speaking in Johannesburg at a conference to defeat state capture and rebuild the state.

He stated that Sars is facing serious challenges and has fallen short of its collection target by over 13 billion U.S. dollars in the last five years.

“State capture is real and state capture of Sars is real. They dismantled, destroyed the capabilities of the organization and destroyed public trust. We are now reviewing the governance structure with the treasury. Some of our staff have been put on precautionary suspension and some have been handed to the National Prosecuting Authority for prosecution,” said Kieswetter.

Kieswetter stated that he has engaged the employees and created a revenue recovery project among other initiatives to ensure they operate efficiently.

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery said there is a change in recruitment process of senior government officials.

He stated that in the previous administration, many including the Sars commissioner and the national director of public prosecutions were appointed by the president. The current ones were appointed by a panel which send recommendations to the president. Enditem

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