Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was racist and condescending when he sacked SA Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane, and could further face treason charges, heard the state capture commission of inquiry on Wednesday.
Advocate Dali Mpofu, for Moyane, applied for leave to cross-examine Gordhan at the commission after the latter implicated him in his testimony last year. Gordhan is opposing the application, on the grounds that Moyane was advancing the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) political campaign against him.
Mpofu is also chairperson of the EFF. Gordhan, who has twice been the finance minister, was at the centre of state capture, said Mpofu.
“My version is that Minister Gordhan’s affidavit is more significant for what it omits than what it says. The omitted facts will give a truer picture of what went on behind the scenes in the state capture project.
The truth was that Mr Gordhan was an ardent supporter of [former president Jacob] Zuma and was in fact twice entrusted by him into what is according to Gordhan himself, the most strategic ministry in the state capture project,” Mpofu said.