Kieswetter on Trevor Manuel vs EFF: 'I have no time for distractions'

29 March 2019 - 11:25
By Odwa Mjo
Edward Kieswetter will take up the role of Sars commissioner from May.
Image: Simon Mathebula Edward Kieswetter will take up the role of Sars commissioner from May.

New SA Revenue Service (Sars) boss Edward Kieswetter wants nothing but to focus on his job‚ as the EFF plans to do everything in its power to reverse his appointment.

"The job is so huge. I have no time for distractions‚" Kieswetter said during an interview with Bruce Whitfield on Radio 702 on Thursday‚ responding to questions about the EFF's attack on him.

Kieswetter was appointed as the new commissioner of Sars this week. He will take over from acting Sars boss Mark Kingon on May 1.

On Wednesday‚ the EFF issued a statement calling the South African Revenue Service's interview process "nepotistic and corrupt".

The party EFF said the selection process‚ led by former finance minister Trevor Manuel lacked transparency and openness.

The party claimed that Kieswetter was favoured a favourable candidate because he was a relative and close business associate of Manuel.

Manuel has since clapped back at the EFF in a statement‚ saying he "He "will not be abused by school yard bullies".

The former finance minister said the EFF must provide evidence for the claims made against him‚ in the statement including that Kieswetter and Manuel are related.

In a comment on social media Responding to Manuel's statement‚ EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted: "He can go to hell. We are not scared of him."