Former president Jacob Zuma has backed up axed South African Revenue (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane’s legal challenge in the Constitutional Court, against the recommendations of a commission of inquiry, which led to his dismissal. Zuma has given sworn evidence that he never intended that the Sars commission of inquiry “deal with employment contracts of individual employees”. This pits the former president directly against President Cyril Ramaphosa, his successor, who is the first respondent in Moyane’s application in his fight to get his job back. Ramaphosa set up the Sars inquiry, though it was initially announced last year after the revenue shortfall for 2017 once again ballooned, culminating in a R100bn hole in tax revenue over four years, by then finance minister Malusi Gigaba. It was not implemented by Zuma, who sat on it until his removal in February. Ramaphosa fired Moyane earlier this month, after judge Robert Nugent, who heads the Sars commission, submitted an interim repor...

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