The commission of inquiry into state capture will on Wednesday hear an application by Tom Moyane, the sacked SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner, who wants to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan is opposing Moyane’s application reportedly on the grounds that the former revenue boss is helping advance the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political campaign against him.
The minister’s opposition of Moyane’s application has drawn widespread criticism on social media. Gordhan has been accused of “wanting to be treated differently” from other witnesses before the commission. Gordhan and the EFF leadership have been at each other’s throats since last year, laying criminal charges against each other.
The red berets accused Gordhan of corruption that it said extended to his family. The EFF took its protests against Gordhan to the state capture commission venue in November last year, calling on the minister to resign while the latter was inside giving testimony. EFF leader Julius Malema went as far as calling the minister a “dog” in service of white monopoly capital.
Gordhan, in turn, approached the Equality Court, asking it to determine whether Malema’s utterances constituted hate speech. He demanded an unconditional apology and damages of R150,000 from Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu. In his testimony, Gordhan told the Zondo commission that former president Jacob Zuma was ”hellbent” on appointing Moyane as Sars commissioner, ignoring advice that there were more skilled and credible candidates for the job.
Zuma appointed Moyane in 2013 to replace Oupa Magashula, who had resigned after a recording surfaced in which he was heard promising a young woman a top post at the revenue collector.