Moyane pokes at another inquiry, wants Gordhan to testify in person

Moyane pokes at another inquiry, wants Gordhan to testify orally

The suspended SARS boss stated his case before his disciplinary inquiry in Sandton on Saturday.

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The suspended SARS boss insists Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gorhan's evidence presented to the disciplinary inquiry into Tom Moyane should be made orally and in person.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing Moyane in both his individual inquiry and an inquiry into governance and tax administration at SARS made the submissions to Advocate Azhar Bham - who chairs the commission.

Moyane was suspended in March and the announcement of an inquiry into his alleged misconduct followed soon thereafter.

Mpofu says the nature of the evidence cannot be made on paper.

"We want him here," Mpofu told the inquiry, referring to Gordhan. "We want him to... explain his bias, to explain his role, to explain the evidence he gave before [Judge] Nugent, which was disparaging to Mr Moyane."

Mpofu also objected to a range of other matters including some of the affidavits only being made available in July and an apparent discrepancy between the reasons for Moyane's suspension and the reasons for the inquiry.

But much like his submission before the SARS inquiry, chaired by Judge Robert Nugent, Mpofu's arguments mainly focused on Gordhan, who also previously served as SARS commissioner.

Mpofu says Gordhan served as the Minister of Finance until March 2017 - a full year before Moyane's suspension.

This he argues "breaks any nexus" between Gordhan and the reasons for the charges against his client.

It follows reports on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa accused Moyane of 'sabotaging' the speedy resolution of the matter through his procedural objections.

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