Former president Jacob Zuma “appeared reluctant to personally intervene” in the war between public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and Tom Moyane, and “end the hostility and lack of accountability’’ from the now axed commissioner of the SA Revenue Service (Sars). This is what Gordhan has said in his submission to the commission of inquiry into state capture, chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo. President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Constitutional Court last week that he had fired Moyane as recommended by retired judge Robert Nugent, who chairs a commission of inquiry into Sars, in the best interests of the tax body and the SA economy. Ramaphosa said it is now apparent that Sars, under Moyane’s leadership, withheld VAT refunds from taxpayers in an effort to disguise how serious its revenue collection shortfalls actually were.

Moyane maintains that he was the best Sars commissioner in the history of democratic SA  and the findings made against him by Nugent are parto...

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