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High Court dismisses Tom Moyane's bid to have dismissal reviewed, set aside

The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed former Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane's application to review and set aside the president's decision to sack him.

FILE: Tom Moyane at a press briefing in Johannesburg. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed former South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane’s application to review and set aside the president’s decision to sack him so that he can proceed with a challenge to the lawfulness of the establishment of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry.

In his ruling on Tuesday, Judge Hans Fabricius says that the matter is not urgent. Relief to interdict retired Judge Robert Nugent from submitting his report to President Cyril Ramaphosa has also been dismissed.

The court further held that the national interest outweighs Moyane’s narrow financial interests.

The former commissioner had asked the court to review and set aside President Ramaphosa’s decision to fire him.

Fabricius criticised Moyane for his attacks on retired Judge Robert Nugent and President Ramaphosa.

“The conduct of the applicant [Moyane] in these proceedings is particularly reprehensible. It’s vexatious and abuse. Both the office of the president and the third respondent have been attacked, insulted and defined without any reasonable cause.”

Fabricius says that Moyane failed to establish a right to set aside the president’s acceptance of Nugent’s recommendations, adding that the commission was lawfully established and acted within its terms of reference.

“Having cumulatively considered all defects from applicant’s application and all of the consideration relating to the urgency and lack of substantiation requirements for urgent interim relief; the application is dismissed with cost, including the cost of two councils.”

Moyane’s attorney says they will plot a way forward after studying the judgment.