- Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has filed a brutal affidavit outlining President Ramaphosa’s case against suspended SARS boss Tom Moyane
- In a surprise move, Gordhan filed the affidavit on behalf of the Presidency
- Moyane’s legal team has hit out at the affidavit and said it was filed by someone who was completely irrelevant to the matter
In a surprising move, the Presidency has allowed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to file an affidavit outlining President Cyril Ramaphosa’s case against the suspended boss of the South African Revenue Services (SARS) Tom Moyane.
Gordhan filed a brutally scathing 69-page document on Thursday. In the affidavit, he accuses Moyane of ‘gross dereliction of duty’ displaying a ‘profound lack of judgement’ and lying to Parliament.
In the document Gordhan also accuses Moyane of authorising bonus payments for certain executive members at SARS. The minister is also highly critical of Moyane’s handling of the corruption allegations against Jonas Makwakwa.
Briefly.co.za gathered that perhaps the most damning of the allegations against Moyane is his alleged interference in the probe of the so-called SARS “Rogue-Unit”.
Makwakwa was in effect Moyane’s deputy at SARS and a damning report by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) alleged that Makwakwa had received payments of R600 000 into his personal bank account.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Gordhan’s affidavit made direct mention to this matter and said Moyane ‘grossly mishandled’ the FIC report which was given to him in May 2016.
According to the affidavit,the fact that Moyane failed to take any action until the report became public proved that he had acted irrationally.
Some of the other allegations made by the affidavit include:
• That Moyane actually shared the FIC report with Makwakwa and requesting that the FIC continue to provide Makwakwa’s legal team with any new material uncovered.
• Moyane only authorised an investigation into the matter after the original FIC report was published in a well-known Sunday newspaper.
• That he failed to ensure SARS conduct a tax evasion probe into Makwakwa’s finances and not allowing auditors access to SARS owned computers and cell-phones issued to Makwakwa.
• That Moyane allowed Makwakwa to return to duty in November 2017.
• Moyane authorising performance bonus payments to SARS executives between July 2016 and November 2017 without notifying the then Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.
• That Moyane lied or misled Parliament on at least two occasions.
• And that Moyane instructed SARS officials not to cooperate with KPMG in its probe of the SARS High-Risk Investigation Unit which later became known as the Rogue Unit.
Moyane’s legal team has hit out at Gordhan and the affidavit and said the document had been filled by someone who was completely irrelevant to the matter and is known to have a history of conflict with Moyane.
Moyane’s lawyer, Eric Mabuza said: “It’s shocking that the affidavit came from Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and not the president‚ Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene or anyone at SARS.”
Mabuza noted that the 69-page document failed to make mention of why President Ramaphosa had lost confidence in Moyane.
Gordhan hit back at Mabuza and said as the former finance minister he had intimate knowledge of the matter against Moyane.
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