JOHANNESBURG, April 16 – State capture commission of inquiry chairman Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has dismissed former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane’s application to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Zondo set aside the application on all but one issue that he said needed further clarity from the two parties. The matter relates to Gordhan’s statement that Moyane’s decision to lay charges against him in 2016 showed his maliciousness towards the minister. Zondo said he would seek further input from the two parties in the form of written submissions.
“Other than that issue I referred to, I am satisfied that there is no other matter the applicant should be granted the cross-examination,” said Zondo.
Gordhan opposed Moyane’s application. His advocate Michelle Le Roux argued against the application before Zondo last month, saying that the former SARS boss wanted to use the commission to ”rehabilitate himself”. Moyane wanted to resuscitate the so-called SARS rogue unit narrative and try to reverse his removal, which had stemmed from the damning Nugent commission’s report, Le Roux said.
Advocate Dali Mpofu, for Moyane, hit back by telling Zondo that despite portraying himself as a “state capture buster”, Gordhan was an “ardent supporter” of Zuma. Gordhan, who has twice been the country’s finance minister, was at the centre of state capture and should be charged with treason, said Mpofu.
”Mr Moyane will not be as arrogant as Mr Gordhan and think his version is unassailable, but if his version is correct, then you might find that it is Mr Gordhan who should be charged with treason… because he did the exact same thing, on a smaller scale maybe, but in a different context. It is all criminal.”
Moyane’s application stemmed from damning testimony by Gordhan in November last year. The minister testified how, while he was finance minister, Moyane refused to account to him over dodgy activities while enjoying the protection of former president Jacob Zuma. Gordhan further alleged that Moyane lied to Parliament about his involvement in the awarding of a debt collection tender at SARS. (ANA)