The commission provided Hore with a copy of the report and asked him to give his opinion on the process used by the firm in evaluating Sars’ IT strategy and the findings it then derived.
Evidence leader advocate Carol Steinberg‚ reading from a 2014 memorandum between then acting Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay and Hore‚ showed the organisation wanted to conduct an independent review of its modernisation programme (which had been running since 2007) and detailed the terms of reference for the audit.
The proposed budget was about R10-million for the entire job.
Gartner’s IT review‚ which happened over a 10-week period‚ cost Sars about R200-million. Slides compiled by Hore using extracts of Gartner’s final presentation shows the firm delivered its final report to Moyane on April 10‚ 2015. The first draft was presented to Moyane three days later and a revised version on April 24.
“Where is exco and everybody else in these processes?” Hore asked.