The icy relationship between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane has been confirmed in 16 confidential letters‚ according to a report on Friday. The Mail & Guardian published the contents of some of the letters‚ after Gordhan this week raised the alarm over the tax collection service's R30.4-billion shortfall - the highest since the 2009 recession. Gordhan delivered his 2017/18 budget in Cape Town on Wednesday.

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