Advocate Xolisile Maduna is an Executive at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Tax Court Litigation. She is responsible for the management and resolution of tax appeals through alternative dispute resolution processes or tax court litigation. Prior to this, she held a Senior Manager position and managed legal delivery support to all regions within SARS. This included overseeing the process of appointment of chairpersons of the tax board who preside over tax matters under R1m in terms of the Tax Administration Act ( 28 of 2011).
This forum created an informal less costly and quicker method for taxpayers to resolve their tax appeals. Before she joined SARS, she worked as a Senior State Advocate at the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU)within the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. The unit focus on taking the profit out of crime. Adv Maduna was amongst the first team of advocates when the unit was established in 1999. The AFU was created in order to ensure that the powers in chapter 6 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998(Act No. 121 of 1998.)(POCA) to seize criminal assets would be used to their maximum effect in the fight against crime and particularly, organized crime. The unit dealt with resistance from rich criminals and created jurisprudence as the new law was being tested in South African courts which created an impact and awareness in the fight against organized crime. She also worked as a VAT consultant at Deloitte and Touché and a Tax Consultant at SARS in the early years of her employment. She studied at Durban Westville and Witwatersrand universities.
She is a democracy advocate and a passionate social justice activist. As a student, she worked at the Wits Legal Clinic where she was first exposed to fighting for social justice for the most vulnerable communities. She also served articles of clerkship with Unisa Legal Aid Clinic. She is currently the Chairperson of the Thuli Madonsela Foundation, a position she has held since 2017 to date. The Foundation is a democracy and leadership literacy organization, which through epic leadership training ensures sustainable development, peace and a rule of law. She is also a board member of the Moses Mabhida foundation where the main focus is on assisting victims of domestic violence by creating awareness about the impact of human rights abuses on both victims and perpetrators.