Kieswetter staying on at SARS for two more years

 ·27 Feb 2024

Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Edward Kieswetter, has had his term of office extended by two years.

The presidency said on Tuesday (27 February) that the decision came after it was agreed on by Kieswetter and president Cyril Ramaphosa “to enable an orderly leadership transition in the organisation”.

“Kieswetter will continue leading the execution of the current strategic direction of the revenue service while ensuring a smooth leadership transition,” it added.

Kieswetter was appointed for a five-year term in March 2019 and began his term in May of that year. His contract of employment was initially meant to come to an end on 30 April 2024.

The commissioner’s appointment, as well as his tenure, has been heavily backed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. It has been reported that Kieswetter had expressed his desire to “retire – again” from SARS; however, the president moved to keep him in the role for a bit longer. 

The commissioner has received praise from many groups for revitalizing the institution following the hollowing out that took place during the state capture period under the previous leadership of the agency.

After his initial appointment, Ramaphosa said that the government has “every confidence that Kieswetter has the experience, integrity and skills required to turn SARS around by restoring revenue collection, redirecting operations toward innovation, developing future leaders for the organisation, and restoring SARS’ credibility and integrity.”

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