Gordhan: 'Hostility' came from Moyane first, it's time he appears before the commission

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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Jeffrey Abrahams

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan wants former SARS boss Tom Moyane to appear before the commission of inquiry into state capture as he believes Moyane acted to advance the project.

The minister was cross-examined by Moyane's lawyer, advocate Dali Mpofu, on Monday, as the commission sat until 19:30. The cross-examination, which was rather tense with Mpofu and Gordhan constantly bickering, centred on Gordhan's claims during his previous testimony before the commission in November 2018 that Moyane was complicit in state capture when he was SARS commissioner.

Moyane was granted leave to cross-examine Gordhan in November 2019. Gordhan had failed to appear before the commission, led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, for the cross-examination in August this year, saying he had Cabinet commitments. Zondo, infuriated by this, said that "mere Cabinet commitments'" could not be more important than appearing before the commission.

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