Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
2 minute read
4 Sep 2020
5:06 pm

‘The poor will suffer’, Kieswetter pleads against tax revolt

Ina Opperman

SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter has made a plea against tax revolt when he briefed the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef), warning the impact on the poor will be devastating.

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“We are angry and outraged at the corruption and the wastage in government, but at the same time, if you were to withhold your money, you will harm and hurt the most vulnerable in society. We at SARS defend the poorest,” Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter said. Prof. Jannie Rossouw, interim head of the Wits Business School, agrees that the poor will suffer if South Africans stopped paying tax. He also points out that most people do not have a choice to pay tax, as their tax is automatically deducted if they receive a salary. “There is also a question if...