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SARSBusinessLive reports that arguments were heard on Tuesday in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the bid by fired SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane’s to get his job back.  

At the heart of President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s case opposing the bid was the argument that a loss of confidence on his part in Moyane was enough for him to exercise his executive power to fire Moyane, provided it was rational.  Moyane’s counsel, Adv. Dali Mpofu, told the court that Moyane did not want to “go back to his desk”, but was happy to remain on suspension and face the disciplinary inquiry against him.  Mpofu argued that there would be no “inconvenience” to Ramaphosa if he were to reinstate Moyane to his post.  But, Adv. Kameshni Pillay, for Ramaphosa, argued that reinstating Moyane would be depriving the president of his right to exercise his executive power as the appointment and, by extension, the removal of the Sars commissioner was at the discretion of the president.  Pillay also told the court that Moyane has not demonstrated that he had been treated unfairly.  She said Ramaphosa had offered him an opportunity to rebut the evidence in the interim report of the Sars commission of inquiry chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent, which recommended Moyane’s axing.  Judge Fabricius said he would hand down judgment before 14 December, which is the deadline for Nugent to submit his final report to Ramaphosa.

  • Read the full original report by Natasha Marrian at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Tom Moyane’s axing was justified, court hears, at The Citizen

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