Former South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Tom Moyane has argued the need for him to cross-examine Public enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The Zondo Commission returned on Wednesday morning, 13 March 2019, and is preparing to hear Moyane’s reasons on why he insists on cross-examining Gordhan.
This after Moyane, together with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chairperson advocate Dali Mpofu, made submissions to the state capture enquiry, suggesting that Gordhan should face charges of treason. Through his lawyer, Gordhan is expected to oppose the bid.
When Gordhan dismissed Moyane and Mpofu’s application as a ploy to advance EFF’s agenda against him back in October 2018, the party’s leader Julius Malema hurled insults against him, claiming that Gordhan hates black people.
The treason suggestions are fairly new and have been accompanied by Moyane saying the minister is corrupt and was involved in a “rogue unit”.
Mpofu, who is Moyane’s legal representative, told the commission that cross-examining Gordhan was crucial, not because of what he said in his testimonial in 2018, but particularly for the information he omitted.
During his testimonial at the inquiry last year, Gordhan had spoken broadly about corruption in government, but had explicitly implicated Moyane in corrupt deals, claiming he lied about his involvement in the awarding of a debt collection tender to SARS.
Mpofu said the only way his client would be able to defend himself would be through the enquiry allowing Gordhan to be cross-examined. He says this way, both parties would be able to prove their own version of events. “What we are saying is that Mr Gordhan in the things that he implicates Mr Moyane in, most of them, it amounts to criminal activity. And if that is the case the only way that Mr Moyane can defend his integrity is through cross-examination,” he argued.