President Cyril Ramaphosa’s clash with SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has entered its next phase, with the release of a charge sheet against the tax boss. First, a recap: Moyane’s former deputy, Jonas Makwakwa, executed what Business Day euphemistically termed "unusual and suspicious transactions" in his personal bank account. These were discovered by the Financial Intelligence Centre and Makwakwa was suspended — but only after media reports exposed Sars’s inaction on the matter. Moyane’s response to this grievous abuse of office was that of a snail on Valium. Instead of vigorously exposing and stamping out Makwakwa’s behaviour, Moyane allowed him to return to Sars, where he was free to carry on with his unorthodox, if enriching, interpretation of tax collection. Ramaphosa indicated in March that he had lost confidence in Moyane. Makwakwa had meanwhile resigned when it was revealed that a Sars service provider was among the companies conducting the "unusual and su...

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