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Mpofu calls out ‘unfair’ treatment of Moyane in Sars inquiry

On Friday morning, Tom Moyane appeared before the Nugent inquiry with his lawyer Advocate Dali Mpofu, who read his testimony.

Advocate Dali Mpofu (C) with his client Tom Moyane at the Nugent Inquiry. Picture: Qaanitah Hunter/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane believes the commission of inquiry into Sars is unfair and the testimony given to the commission by former Sars officials have been riddled with lies.

On Friday morning, Moyane appeared before the Nugent inquiry with his lawyer Advocate Dali Mpofu, who read his testimony. He said the inquiry was a sham and a farce and he believes it shouldn’t be allowed to continue.

Mpofu argued the testimony received by the Nugent inquiry so far was from disgruntled former Sars officials who were implicated in the so-called rogue unit and should be disregarded.

“Members of the rogue unit also have a huge axe to grind with Commissioner Moyane, and so does any other employee who rightly or wrongly regards himself or herself as a victim of the imaginary Moyane purge.”

Mpofu has told retired judge Robert Nugent that the inquiry is biased against his client because he’s being made to face two inquiries on the same matters.

“This is one of the grossest and most unfair processes I’ve ever witnessed under this democracy.”

The inquiry has heard how former finance minister Pravin Gordhan hated Moyane and his fight with Moyane was personal.

For three days, the inquiry has heard how Moyane dismantled Sars processes, purged senior staff members and reigned with fear in the revenue collector. Mpofu rubbished the accusations against Moyane.

WATCH: SARS Commission of Inquiry - Tom Moyane

Nugent has rejected the submissions made by Mpofu on behalf of Moyane. He suggested that Mpofu is relying on conspiracies in his argument.

But Mpofu responded that his arguments are based on facts and he and his client could justify their claim that the inquiry is biased against Moyane.

"Unfairness of the situation speaks for itself. It's either appreciated or it's not appreciated."

Mpofu argued that professor Michael Katz, who is advising the panel, is conflicted and should not be involved in the commission.

But Nugent responded saying he cannot remove Katz and this inquiry is not looking specifically at Moyane, but rather at Sars as a whole.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)