Former SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane says he will launch urgent court action to block President Cyril Ramaphosa from appointing his successor, if Ramaphosa does not reverse his decision to fire him. Moyane’s lawyers, Mabuza Attorneys, maintain he is “entitled” to hold his position as Sars commissioner until such time as he is “lawfully removed” through a disciplinary process or his term of office expires. Ramaphosa told the Constitutional Court last week that he had dismissed Moyane in a bid to restore faith in the revenue service, and prevent further catastrophe for the embattled South African economy. Stabilising Sars has been flagged as a priority by the Treasury. He argued that Moyane’s Constitutional Court challenge to the fairness of both the Nugent inquiry into Sars, and the Bham inquiry into Moyane's fitness to hold office are “moot”, because he was now fired. Moyane’s lawyers say that argument is baseless, and point out that Ramaphosa’s affidavit to the ...

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