Moyane takes up the cudgels with Ramaphosa

Former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane

eNCA has reported a confidential letter written by Tom Moyane to President Cyril Ramaphosa. In it Moyane claims that he has been ratted on by former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who wants his former deputy – Mcebisi Jonas – to take up the post of SARS Commissioner. Moyane, who was suspended by Ramaphosa on Monday night, has taken up the cudgels against the president threatening to bring an urgent interdict against him

The national television network said it had been leaked the confidential letter. In it Moyane is demanding that he is given the opportunity for an “urgent legal review” of his suspension. A reporter read part of the letter from Moyane to the President as saying “I am advised that your conduct invites urgent legal review”. He gave the president until 9.30 p..m on Tuesday evening to respond to his grievances.

Moyane said there had been media reports that Ramaphosa had decided to install new leadership at SARS. The letter suggests that Ramaphosa was listening to the input of Gordhan – noting that Gordhan was cited as the source of the reports in the media to this effect. The letter was  clearly written before Moyane was suspended. President Ramaphosa said he had given Moyane the option to resign, but he had not taken this up. Thus, Ramaphosa announced his suspension.

Moyane adopts an aggressive tone in the letter: “In the light of the unlawful process adopted by you… I hereby seek an undertaking from you will not proceed either to suspend or dismiss me without following the due process which includes affording me an opportunity to be heard and present my version through an independent and objective hearing.”

It is suggested in the letter that Ramaphosa had taken up the suggestion that Jonas – who was fired as deputy finance minister when Gordhan was fired as finance minister by then President Jacob Zuma early last year – should be appointed as SARS commissioner.

Ramaphosa issued a statement on Monday night indicating that allegations that Moyane was involved in illegal VAT payments – to the Guptas – was a matter of concern. The president was also concerned that Moyane had not referred a Financial Intelligence Centre report on alleged dishonesty of senior SARS official Jonas Makwakwa to the then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in mid-2016.

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