President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the Constitutional Court case brought by Tom Moyane is now ‘‘moot’’, since he already fired him as SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner in a bid to restore faith in the revenue service and prevent further catastrophe for the embattled South African economy. “If the problems facing Sars are not addressed as a matter of urgency, there is a real risk of a further revenue shortfall in the current financial year, which would likely result in a further ratings downgrading, by international rating agencies, for the country,” Ramaphosa said. ‘‘This would have potentially catastrophic consequences for SA’s fiscal sustainability and must accordingly be avoided at all costs,” the president stated in an affidavit with the Constitutional Court on Friday. Ramaphosa argues that there is no point to SA’s highest court even agreeing to hear Moyane’s case, which he says has “poor” prospects of success. Moyane is challenging the hearing into his fitness to hold off...

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