Gordhan and Moyane had a difficult relationship while Gordhan was serving as Finance minister. This fractured relationship saw an emotional Moyane telling a SARS press conference that Gordhan “refused to shake my hand”.

Gordhan, in turn, had reportedly warned Moyane that approving his own performance bonus was “unethical, immoral and illegal”.

Moyane has made it clear that he wants Ramaphosa to testify against him, and has rejected any suggestion that this inquiry can be determined solely on documentary evidence. He’s also strongly suggested that he will go to court if the inquiry is not referred to oral evidence by its chair, Advocate Azar Bham.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has emerged as the Presidency’s most pivotal witness against suspended SARS commissioner Tom Moyane – and Moyane’s lawyers aren’t happy about it. After a series of missed deadlines, the Presidency yesterday filed a 69-page affidavit by Gordhan, in which he sought to outline the four misconduct charges against Moyane. He stressed that – as the former Finance minister – he had “personal knowledge of the facts relevant to this matter up until March 30 2017”.“Furthermore, the documents and correspondence relevant to this matter were within my custody and control during that time,” he says in the affidavit. But Moyane’s lawyers aren’t convinced, and have questioned why Gordhan, who they say has had “a well-documented history of conflict” with the former tax boss, is now making the Presidency’s case for his removal. “The crisp issue that needs to be determined by this misconduct inquiry is whether President [Cyril] Ramaphosa had a basis to lose c...

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