Senior ANC member Trevor Manuel has threatened to take legal action against the EFF for the allegations made regarding his relationship with new SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter.
Former finance minister and senior African National Congress (ANC) member Trevor Manuel has threatened to take legal action against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for statements made by party spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. After President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Edward Kieswetter as the newly-appointed South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner, the EFF published a statement in which it asked President Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to publicize the process that was taken to reach Kieswetter’s appointment. In the statement, the EFF called the appointment “nepotistic” and “corrupt”, stating that Manuel still maintained a good personal relationship with Kieswetter, as well as business ties.
“Only a mind warped into destruction by apartheid can ever suggest blood-ties between two individuals classified coloured by the apartheid regime, when the only connective tissue is racial classification. The onus now rests on Mr Ndlozi to prove the ties exist,” Manuel said.
On Thursday evening, 28 March 2019, Manuel released a statement in which he vehemently dismissed appointing Kieswetter as deputy SARS commissioner during his tenure as finance minister.
“[Ndlozi] has claimed that I, as minister of finance at the time, appointed Mr Kieswetter as the SARS deputy commissioner. If he had read the SARS Act or the Nugent Commission Report, he might know that the minister of finance possesses no such powers. He has to retract this forthwith,” he said.
Manuel also called for Ndlozi to provide evidence of the allegations he made or prepare to face the law.
“Mr Ndlozi needs to provide evidence for the three claims he makes about me.
“What I demand is a retraction, or Mr Ndlozi will have to face legal action,” Manuel said.