Kieswetter takes over from acting
commissioner Mark Kingon, who has overseen the South African
Revenue Service (SARS) for more than a year. As part of taking
on the role, Kieswetter has resigned from the board of
Shoprite, Africa’s biggest grocery chain.
An independent panel of policymakers
selected Kieswetter for his formidable expertise and his track
record as deputy SARS commissioner and chief tax officer.
Others shortlisted for the role included Kingon himself,
Nathaniel Mabetwa, Sunita Manik, Gene Ravele and Nazrien
SARS has not had a commissioner since tax
chief Tom Moyane was suspended in March 2018. The new
commissioner will have to rebuild trust in the service and help
the government overcome the fiscal shortfall the country