Axed South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has launched an urgent application in the high court to reverse his firing and block President Cyril Ramaphosa from appointing a successor. The embattled former tax boss wants to remain suspended with pay, pending the outcome of an earlier Constitutional Court bid to halt either his disciplinary hearing or the Sars commission of inquiry chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent. Ramaphosa, who first suspended him in March, flatly refused to reinstate Moyane in a letter handed to him last week. Evidence before the Nugent commission showed that Moyane entered into contracts, costing a total of R400m, with consultants Bain & Company and Gartner unlawfully, with the latter contract benefiting his long-time friend Patrick Monyeki. Evidence was also presented showing how senior Sars officials were purged and units that were key to the optimal functioning of the tax agency were neutralised during Bain and Moyane’s R164m restru...

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