SA Revenue Services first commissioner Trevor van Heerden dies.
The SA Revenue Service’s first commissioner, Trevor van Heerden, has died, the tax body announced on Thursday.
"Van Heerden played an instrumental role in the establishment of SARS as we know it today. He was also deeply involved in the development of the taxation of fringe benefits and the Value-Added Tax Act, 1991," SARS said in a statement.
"He was a skilled and dedicated civil servant who committed more than forty years of his life to SARS and one of its predecessors, Inland Revenue."
Van Heerden died on Wednesday night. No further information was immediately available.
He started at the Inland Revenue Service on 20 August 1962, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Government, particularly in the Revenue Service.
He resigned in 1999 and was succeeded by Pravin Gordhan, who is now the Public Enterprises Minister.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has conveyed its condolences and current SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has wished the Van Heerden family strength during this difficult time.