South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has suspended the head of the tax service, Tom Moyane.

The president had said the suspension was after Moyane’s refusal to resign his post as the commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

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The suspension would be followed by “disciplinary proceedings” as the new president continues his vow to fight graft.

The move comes son the heel of ministerial replacements since his ascension to power on February 15 after his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, was overtaken by the graft allegations made against him.

In the letter informing Moyane of his suspension, Ramaphosa said “developments at the SARS under your leadership have resulted in a deterioration in public confidence in the institution and in public finances being compromised”.

“For the sake of the country and the economy, this situation cannot be allowed to continue, or to worsen.”