The suspension by President Cyril Ramaphosa of SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane on Monday night brings to an end a 42-months' long reign of terror which not only saw the haemorrhaging of skilled staff and the relentless persecution of senior executives, including former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, but also the reduction of the once-formidable revenue service to a hollow shell. Under Moyane, one of Jacob Zuma's most loyal pawns, SARS became a key and vital player of the State Capture project. By MARIANNE THAMM.
On Monday night, behind the scenes, an unholy battle of wits played out as SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane clung to his job for dear life.
You have to give it to the man. Nothing so far has shamed this Zuma loyalist.
From massive revenue collection shortfalls to the exposure by the FIC of his right-hand man Jonas Makwakwa's own suspicious list of payments to his private account as well as links to a money laundering debt collection firm, to an expedited, and unlawful, VAT payment to the Guptas, Moyane has behaved like a man who believes he is untouchable.
On Monday night, after being asked to step aside earlier, Moyane even attempted to threaten President Cyril Ramaphosa...