Thousand of SARS workers are on strike today after wage talks deadlocked. Up to nine thousand employees belonging to two unions are reported to be taking part nationwide.
The unions, Nehawu and the P.S.A, are seeking an 11-point-4 percent increase across the board, while SARS has offered 7 percent.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his full confidence in newly-appointed SARS Commissioner Edward Kies-wetter, saying he has the experience, integrity and skills required to turn around the South African Revenue Service.
Kies-wetter’s appointment takes effect on the first of May for a term of five years.
It follows the sacking of Tom Moyane last year after the Nugent Commission of Inquiry’s report on SARS found him unfit to hold office. Our reporter, Mariska Botha is in Cape Town covering the story for us and she joins us.
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