Ramaphosa to file affidavit for Moyane inquiry on Wednesday

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday file an affidavit to substantiate the case against Tom Moyane, whom he suspended as commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), his spokesperson said.

Ramaphosa had missed the Friday deadline to submit the document, causing major discontent from Moyane’s legal representative.

"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," said Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

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

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

He 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. 

READ: Moyane lawyer slams president for failing to abide by deadlines

Moyane’s lawyer, Eric Mabuza, lamented the delay by the president, saying the ball was now in his court. Moyane has maintained his innocence, and initially challenged the fairness of the inquiry.

He challenged the 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.

* Sign up to Fin24's top news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO FIN24 NEWSLETTER

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
ZAR/USD
16.13
(-0.13)
ZAR/GBP
21.13
(-0.25)
ZAR/EUR
19.10
(+0.13)
ZAR/AUD
11.55
(-0.16)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(-0.37)
Gold
1907.00
(+0.28)
Silver
24.37
(+0.43)
Platinum
880.00
(+1.15)
Brent Crude
40.81
(-3.00)
Palladium
2325.00
(-0.47)
All Share
54079.43
(-1.48)
Top 40
49560.81
(-1.44)
Financial 15
10503.32
(-1.33)
Industrial 25
74333.65
(-0.17)
Resource 10
50405.50
(-3.24)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, and I've gotten it.
24% - 94 votes
No, I did not.
51% - 202 votes
My landlord refused
25% - 100 votes
Vote