Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

A loss of confidence by President Cyril Ramaphosa in axed SA Revenue Service (Sars) boss Tom Moyane was enough to exercise his executive power to fire him, provided it was rational. This was at the heart of Ramaphosa’s case before the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, where arguments were heard in Moyane’s bid to get his job back. Moyane’s counsel, advocate Dali Mpofu, told the court the embattled tax boss wants to be reinstated to his post, but remain on suspension so that he can “face the music”. Mpofu indicated that Moyane does not want to “go back to his desk”, but is happy to remain on suspension and face the disciplinary inquiry against him. This is after Moyane has spent the last nine months avoiding answering directly to any allegation put to him by either the disciplinary process or in the Sars commission of inquiry chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent. Nugent recommended Moyane’s axing in an interim report to Ramaphosa, saying it is imperative that he appoint a permanen...

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