Johannesburg – The SA Revenue Service (Sars) on Wednesday withdrew the suspension of strategic planning and risk group executive Peter Richer.

A draft order was made by the Labour Court in Johannesburg and Sars was ordered to pay Richer’s costs.

This was after a settlement was reached between Richer and Sars.

Richer approached the court to challenge his suspension.

Deputy Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay will still challenge his suspension in the court on Wednesday afternoon.

On December 5, Sars commissioner Tom Moyane announced the suspension of Pillay and Richer.

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.