Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

Former president Jacob Zuma’s affidavit in support of axed SA Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane is hardly a surprise — Moyane’s appointment at Sars by Zuma was long destined. Moyane is challenging the disciplinary process against him and the SARS commission of inquiry chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent in the Constitutional Court. President Cyril Ramaphosa fired Moyane earlier this month after Judge Robert Nugent — who headed the commission of inquiry into tax maladministration — recommended that he be dismissed. Zuma was tasked with mediating the frosty relationship between Moyane and former finance minister Pravin Gordhan by the ANC in 2016, but did little to intervene except, of course, for eventually axing Gordhan. Zuma says in his affidavit to the Constitutional Court that the Nugent commission of inquiry into Sars was his idea and it was never his intention for it to make “interim findings” or “enter the terrain of employment matters”. Unsurprisingly, he is b...

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