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Gordhan likely main deponent in Moyane disciplinary case

Jun 14 2018 14:26
Jeanette Chabalala

Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan is expected to be the main deponent in the disciplinary case against suspended South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane.

Moyane's lawyer Eric Mabuza confirmed to News24 that details of charges were sent to him on Thursday.

"We can confirm that we received affidavits. The emails are still coming through and I am still trying to process that and make sense of them. I understand the [main deponent] is Pravin Gordhan."

On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa missed his own deadline to submit the document, resulting in major discontent from Moyane's legal representative.

His spokesperson Khusela Diko said: "We had communicated with Moyane's lawyer and the presiding officer regarding the extension of the deadline. We had requested an extension because the document that was being compiled is quite comprehensive and lengthy."

"The extension that we requested was up to today [Wednesday], so we will be filing the affidavit today."

Ramaphosa suspended Moyane on March 19, accusing him of contributing to the "deterioration in public confidence at SARS and public finances being compromised".

Moyane is facing 12 charges of misconduct and violation of his duties and responsibilities as commissioner of SARS.

The inquiry probing Moyane's misconduct would be chaired by Advocate Azhar Bham.

Mabuza had earlier lamented the delay by the president, saying the ball was now in his court. Moyane has maintained his innocence, and initially questioned the fairness of the inquiry.

He challenged technical aspects of the process such as that evidence would be submitted in writing. He wanted to make oral presentations instead.

According to the disciplinary hearing's terms of reference, oral evidence would be heard only at the panel chair’s discretion.

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