Pretoria, 15 May 2018 – On Friday 11 May 2018, the North Gauteng High Court granted an order to give effect to a settlement agreement between the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and senior SARS official Mr Vlok Symington.
The parties agreed, in good faith, to bring all legal and other related proceedings against each other, including disciplinary charges against Mr Symington and Mr Thabo Titi, the bodyguard of SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, to an end. These arose from an incident that took place at the premises of SARS on 18 October 2016. These events have been extensively reported on by the media since 2016.
The events leading up to the incident, the incident itself and the disciplinary charges that arose from the incident against Mr Symington and Mr Titi have been reviewed by SARS and both parties have agreed that it would be in the best interest of all that these matters be settled.
In granting the order, the Honourable Mr Justice Louw welcomed the fact that the parties have reached an amicable resolution without the need for further litigation. All parties are now looking forward to continue working towards fulfilling the mandate of SARS and restoring public trust and credibility to this important fiscal institution.