Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

President Cyril Ramaphosa has rejected demands from suspended South African Revenue Services (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane to foot his legal bills and to alter the rules of his pending disciplinary inquiry. Moyane’s attorneys had written to Ramaphosa arguing that should the disciplinary inquiry be held in writing it would amount to a "legal oddity" as even the SARS act made provision for oral evidence. According to the disciplinary hearing’s terms of reference, handed to Moyane by the Presidency, oral evidence would be heard only at the panel chairman’s discretion. Mabuza had also requested that Ramaphosa negotiate with the legal team on whether the state should foot the legal bills, which Moyane would incur for the duration of the disciplinary process. But Ramaphosa turned down all the requests. Presidency spokeswoman Khusela Diko confirmed on Tuesday that Ramaphosa had rejected Moyane’s demands. This suggested that Moyane could challenge the process in court even before it begins...

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