#TomMoyane ready to fight for his job
JOHANNESBURG - Axed South African Revenue Services (Sars) boss Tom Moyane has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of committing violations against the constitution and of pre-empting legal processes that are underway, Timeslive reported.
Moyane was removed as Sars boss on Thursday evening, after Ramaphosa accepted the recommendation of retired judge Robert Nugent, who heads the commission of inquiry into tax administration and governance at Sars, in his interim report that he fire Moyane.
The chop comes a day after the embattled former Sars commissioner wrote to Ramaphosa, asking him to reject Nugent's recommendation. Moyane in the letter also accused the commission of moving towards an outcome that is predetermined and is wholly biased.
Moyane's lawyer, Eric Mabuza, told Timeslive they are waiting for Ramaphosa to file his reply to Moyane's Constitutional Court challenge of the Nugent inquiry on Friday before responding to the president's decision to terminate Moyane's employment contract.
"This matter is inextricably linked with the ongoing Constitutional Court application‚ in which among other things the lawfulness of the establishment of the Sars Commission‚ the conduct of Mr Nugent and the appointment of [commission advisor] Mr Katz are just some of the issues which are currently before the Constitutional Court‚" Mabuza told Timeslive.
"Friday November 2 2018 is the deadline for President Ramaphosa‚ Nugent and others to file their answering affidavits. Once these are received‚ we will convene a consultation with Commissioner Moyane to decide on the next steps in dealing with all the relevant violations of the constitution by President Ramaphosa and his appointees‚ and related ongoing and contemplated litigation."
Meanwhile, on Friday, Sars said it has "noted" the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphisa that he has fired suspended tax commissioner, Tom Moyane. In a terse statement, Sars said any enquiries in this regard must be directed to the Office of the Presidency.
Moyane, who was sacked on Thursday, is mounting a legal challenge to his dismissal.
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE