Moyane maintains he did not open case against Gordhan
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The charges were later withdrawn by the NPA when it emerged that Symington had authored a legal memo in 2009 confirming the early retirement of Pillay was above board.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.
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.