Moy­ane main­tains he did not open case against Gord­han

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG Com­mis­sioner of the South African Rev­enue Ser­vice (SARS) Tom Moy­ane has again de­nied lay­ing charges against for­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han.

In court pa­pers filed in the Pre­to­ria High Court on Tues­day‚ SARS of­fi­cial Vlok Syming­ton at­tached doc­u­ments show­ing that Moy­ane opened a case at Brook­lyn Po­lice Sta­tion – CAS 427/5/16.

This same docket was later used to bring fraud charges against Gord­han‚ re­lat­ing to the early re­tire­ment pay­out of for­mer SARS deputy com­mis­sioner Ivan Pil­lay.

The charges were later with­drawn by the NPA when it emerged that Syming­ton had au­thored a le­gal memo in 2009 con­firm­ing the early re­tire­ment of Pil­lay was above board.

While Moy­ane’s de­nial is tech­ni­cally cor­rect‚ as he did not give po­lice any names but rather asked for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion as he be­lieved some crime was com­mit­ted‚ the docket was later used in po­lit­i­cal bat­tles‚ bring­ing into ques­tion why Moy­ane has not pub­licly clar­i­fied his ex­act in­ten­tions in open­ing the Brook­lyn case.

Ap­proached

Syming­ton has ap­proached the courts for an ur­gent in­ter­dict to halt dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against him‚ af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a law firm into a ‘hostage drama’ in a SARS board­room when Syming­ton was held against his will by mem­bers of the Hawks and a body­guard of Moy­ane’s‚ Thabo Titi.

The events have led to ex­plo­sive al­le­ga­tions in court pa­pers.

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