Johannesburg - Tom Moyane, the embattled suspended commissioner of the South African Revenue Services (Sars), has asserted that President Cyril Ramaphosa "blinked" when responding to a list of demands his lawyers sent to him.
Moyane, who was speaking through his attorney Eric Mabuza at the Wanderers Protea Hotel in Joburg on Monday morning, also lashed his detractors, calling reports on the two inquiries against his client an "ongoing process of gratuitous insults, defamation" and being subjected to a "trial by media".
This follows Moyane's legal representative at the Sars inquiry, Advocate Dali Mpofu, lambasting the ongoing probe into alleged governance problems at the revenue authority; labelling the investigation a "kangaroo court" and "blatantly unlawful", which is "prejudged" to find fault against his client.
Mpofu had also asked for the inquiry to be disbanded pending the outcome of Moyane's disciplinary hearing at Sars, which was announced by Ramaphosa in March after the president had suspended the beleaguered tax head.
Inquiry chairperson retired Judge Robert Nugent dismissed Mpofu's claims, calling them a disgrace.