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BMF Dismayed with the SARS Commissioner Recruitment Process

Johannesburg, South Africa: 19 March 2019

The Black Management Forum (BMF) is concerned with the rushed and guarded manner of the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS’s) Commissioner recruitment process. Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni has re-appointed Mark Kingon as acting Commissioner of SARS for an additional 90 days in light of a recruitment process that is not as transparent as it ought to have been. It remains unclear to the general public as to who the shortlisted candidates are and when and where interviews will be or are taking place.

It is worrying that this is the case because the SARS Commission of Inquiry chair, retired judge Robert Nugent, in his interim report of the inquiry into SARS, urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint a new Commissioner urgently and that he should, however, follow "an open and transparent process that is subject to critical appraisal, but without compromising the urgency of the appointment." What was supposed to be an open interview session is now seemingly detached from the public and if the report of the Sunday Times article written by Asha Speckman is anything to go by, this process lacks the legitimacy it deserves due to the following reasons:

  1. The lack of women representation on the short list is unprogressive and fails to acknowledge the importance of practicing gender parity especially in a position that has mostly been dominated by men. SARS has never had a female Commissioner in democratic South Africa. This male-dominated culture of appointing males in this position is patriarchal as it completely disregards the importance of equal gender representation in key leadership positions such as that of SARS Commissioner. Continuously overlooking competent and suitably qualified women that could occupy this key post exacerbates and normalises patriarchal practices that are continually exonerated and perpetuated in the workplace.

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