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[EXCLUSIVE] Moyane accused of lying under oath about Gordhan

The allegations are made in an affidavit by Sars official Vlok Symington.

FILE: Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News can reveal that South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has been accused of lying under oath for saying in court papers that he did not open the criminal case against former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The allegations are made in an affidavit by Sars official, Vlok Symington, who has approached the High Court to stop disciplinary proceedings against him.

Symington made headlines last year when he was allegedly held hostage by Hawks investigators - who demanded he returns an incriminating document they’d inadvertently given to him.

Symington is the author of a 2009 legal opinion which was the basis for fraud charges being withdrawn against Gordhan last year.

In an affidavit signed last Friday, the Sars commissioner states he wants to specifically confirm that he did not lodge any criminal complaint against former finance minister.

He adds that he is not part of any political scheme or plot to have Gordhan arrested or prosecuted.

But the facts appear to suggest at least one of those claims is not true.

In a replying affidavit, Symington refers to a statement from prosecutions boss Shaun Abraham's – in which Moyane is identified as the complainant.

He goes further and cites a press conference at which former Police Minister Nathi Nhleko identified the Sars commissioner as having opened the case against Gordhan.

And to ensure there is no doubt, Symington says Ipid retrieved the official police complaint which lists the complainant as a one - Thomas Swabihi Moyane.

The matter is expected to be heard later in September.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)