Johannesburg – The Labour Court in Johannesburg is expected to hand down judgment on Thursday in a bid by SA Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay to have his suspension overturned.

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.

This followed the appointment by Pillay of a panel to investigate allegations reported in the media about a special projects unit and its alleged illegal activities at Sars.