Pretoria, 28 January 2015 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) can confirm that the unfair labour practice dispute with regard to the suspension of
5 December 2014 was amicably resolved through Conciliation at the CCMA today. The resolution is only with regard to the unfair labour practice dispute lodged by Mr Pillay on 12 December 2014. It is a matter of public knowledge that the 05 December 2014 suspension was set aside by the Labour Court on
18 December 2014.
Today’s CCMA resolution has no effect on Mr Pillay’s suspension of 21 January 2015 which is still effective pending an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct, acts of impropriety and bringing the organisation’s name and reputation into disrepute. SARS advises that the aforesaid investigation is at an advanced stage. The 21 January 2015 suspension was made after affording Mr Pillay a reasonable and fair opportunity from the 19 December 2014 until 16 January 2015 to provide reasons as to why he should not be suspended. In this regard, SARS hereby unequivocally state that Mr Pillay’s suspension of 21 January 2015 is still effective despite today’s CCMA resolution.
Mr Pillay and SARS have exercised their rights to keep the CCMA resolution confidential and no party is permitted to publicly disclose the details thereof.