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The cleanup of state-owned entities by President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken on a particular character in that for the first time in a decade, institutions are being placed above individuals. The SA Revenue Service (Sars) is a prime example of this. Appearing before the high court this week advocate Dali Mpofu argued in favour of the rights of a “warm body” — in the form of one Tom Moyane — while advocate Wim Trengove argued in favour of the “public interest”. Moyane’s only interest is to continue using the state to bankroll his vendetta against Ramaphosa, while the public interest to Mpofu seems to constitute a cold, unknown entity. In reality, the “public interest” represents not one but 50-million “warm bodies”. Moyane is attempting to have his axing set aside by blocking Ramaphosa from appointing a successor and the Sars inquiry chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent from submitting his report on how to fix the tax agency. It is symbolic of the worst excesses of the Zuma regime: s...

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