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zumaIOL News reports that according to constitutional law experts, former president Jacob Zuma’s affidavit to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) will have little weight against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to fire Tom Moyane as SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner.  

Zuma on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the court challenging the recommendation of Judge Robert Nugent, chairperson of a commission of inquiry into Sars, that Ramaphosa should fire Moyane.  Lawson Naidoo of the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution said he did not think Zuma’s affidavit would have much significance in the case.  “If in the opinion of the judge there are individuals hampering the administration of the tax authority, surely it is in the ambit of the commission to reflect on that, therefore I don’t believe the judge overstepped his mark.”  In the affidavit, Zuma said the commission’s terms of reference, which he drafted before he resigned, did not call on the commission to make recommendations before completing its investigation.  He also said he had not asked the commission to “deal with employment contracts of individual employees.  The Sars commission has deviated to its original intended purposes.”  Well-known legal commentator Shadrack Gutto agreed with Naidoo, describing Zuma’s affidavit as insignificant.

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