The Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, presented a 69-page affidavit, highlighting the case of the Presidency over the dismissal of the suspended Commissioner Tom Moyane, while President Cyril Ramaphosa himself has chosen to remain silent.
The investigation of misconduct against Moyane is with the intention of determining whether Ramaphosa had a basis for losing confidence in him.
Moyane's lawyers already express their dissatisfaction with Gordhan's evidence, which they say was provided by "someone who is totally irrelevant to this process" and has a "well-documented history of conflict with Mr. Moyane."
"It is shocking that the affidavit came from Public Ministry Minister Pravin Gordhan and not from the president, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene or anyone from SARS," Moyane's lawyer, Eric Mabuza, told TimesLIVE. 19659002] "Minister Gordhan had nothing to do with Mr. Moyane at the time of his suspension, in relation to this matter, it is inexplicable that he would deposit in this affidavit, it was the president's responsibility to do so."
It is a joke, especially since nowhere in the affidavit of Minister Gordhan explains why Ramaphosa has lost confidence in Moyane. That is the only problem on the table. "
Gordhan maintains that, as a former finance minister before his unceremonious retirement by then-President Jacob Zuma, he has" personal knowledge of the facts "in relation to the charges against Moyane
"The relevant documents and correspondence … were under my custody and control during that time," he says.
In the affidavit he filed today, Gordhan details the four counts of misconduct against the chief of staff. taxes, which are mainly related to his handling of the corruption allegations against his former second in command Jonas Makwakwa, alleged dishonesty before Parliament and interference in the SARS investigation "Rogue Unit".