- Trevor Manuel has called the EFF "schoolyard bullies"
- He was referring the party's recent allegation that Manuel unlawfully favoured Kieswetter during the SARS Commissioner interview process
- Julius Malema, however, hit back at Manuel on Twitter
Former Finance Minister, Trevor Manuel, has called for the EFF to retract a recent statement they made about him and the newly-appointed SARS Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter.
The EFF had said that the interview process for the SARSposition, which Manuel led, was not sufficiently transparent, calling it "nepotistic and corrupt".
They added that Kieswetter received the job because he was a relative and close associate of Manuel.
The EFF's statement also alleges that Manuel's 2004 appointment of Kieswetter as Deputy SARS Commissioner was unlawful, despite presenting no evidence to support the claim.
Manuel has called the EFF's statement racist and libelous. He added that he would not be "abused by schoolyard bullies", Briefly.co.za learned.
Additionally, others like Tito Mboweni have hit back at the EFF's allegation that the interview process for the position of SARS Comissioner was not transparent.
According to Eyewitness News, Mboweni said there is a public document detailing exactly how the interview process was conducted and how the decision was made.
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Nevertheless, Julius Malema has doubled down on the EFF's position. In response to Manuel's statement, the EFF leader tweeted, "He can go to hell. We are not scared of him."
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