Trevor Manuel’s participation in some parts of Edward Kieswetter’s application for the position of SA Revenue Service (Sars) boss showed the former finance minister had “actively participated” in the assessment process of someone he had a personal relationship with, EFF leader Julius Malema said. Malema said in court documents filed at the Johannesburg high court in response to a  civil suit by Manuel that the former minister and Kieswetter were related because they “enjoyed a personal relationship or friendship” which he believed, in turn, justified the use of the word “nepotistic”. Manuel is suing the EFF, Malema and party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for alleging he was conflicted in the selection of “his relative” Kieswetter. Manuel chaired the selection panel that conducted interviews for the new Sars commissioner. He recused himself during Kieswetter’s interview because Kieswetter was Sars deputy commissioner while Manuel was finance minister. “My engagement with Mr K...

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