Johannesburg – The Labour Court in Johannesburg on Thursday overturned SA Revenue Services deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s suspension.

“This suspension is unlawful and constitutes a breach of contract,” Judge Annelie Basson said in her judgement.

On Wednesday, Sars withdrew the suspension of strategic planning and risk group executive Peter Richer. The court handed down a draft order confirming the withdrawal and ordered Sars to pay Richer’s costs. This was after a settlement was reached between Richer and Sars.

Richer and Pillay approached the court to challenge their suspension, which Sars commissioner Tom Moyane announced on December 5.