Since his March suspension, suspended tax boss Tom Moyane has tied up the processes to clean up the SA Revenue Service (Sars) in knots. His latest letter to Ramaphosa has pushed both of them into a decision-marking cul-de-sac, after a lengthy fight at every turn has kept him in office on a full salary for seven months now. It is a situation in which Moyane has successfully side-stepped responding directly, or under oath, to any allegation put to him. If Ramaphosa has not concluded by now that Moyane is dragging him further and further down a rabbit hole in a bid to play for time, the president has not been paying attention. However, what is more likely is that he is giving Moyane the proverbial long rope to hang himself. South Africans were unaware of the true extent of the mess at Sars in March when Moyane was suspended. They were unaware of the culling of the tax agency, through a predetermined restructuring based on conniving between Moyane and international consultancy Bain. The...

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