The great SA Revenue Service (Sars) heist has been exposed in the public hearings held by the commission of inquiry into governance at the tax agency, with a preliminary report handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday likely recommending that suspended commissioner Tom Moyane be axed. On the same day, Moyane approached the Constitutional Court to contest the disciplinary case against him. It’s all fire and brimstone in Moyane’s 91-page founding affidavit. He complains of the "humiliating" treatment he received from former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who "shouted" at him and called him "cheeky"; and of being a victim of the campaign to purge the "supposedly evil regime" of former president Jacob Zuma.

This week is a significant milestone in Ramaphosa’s bid to repair the damage done to Sars during the Moyane era — which culminated in a R50bn hole in revenue in 2017/2018 and the first VAT increase in two decades. Sars commission chair judge Robert Nugent has delivered o...

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