Manuel vs EFF: I want to vindicate my name, as well as SARS and Treasury

- | 3 months ago

Trevor Manuel says his court battle with the Economic Freedom Fighters is not only to clear his name, but also to protect the integrity of National Treasury and the SA Revenue Service.

The former finance minister filed a founding affidavit at the high court in Johannesburg on April 10 against the EFF, the party's leader Julius Malema and its national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in response to a claim by the EFF that he is a relative of new SARS head Edward Kieswetter, and that the two had a close business relationship.  In court papers Manuel states he filed the application to "vindicate" his reputation and that of the SARS selection panel that recommended Kieswetter for the job, and protect the integrity of Treasury and the revenue collection agency.

 "I am as concerned about the harm the [EFF] statement does to the Treasury and SARS.

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