Moyane in tears as court dismisses appeal to remain as SARS commissioner

It was a low time for Tom Moyane after his appeal suffered a serious set back.

The embattled SARS commissioner was aggrieved among other things that he was wrongly removed from his previous position.

Having earlier filed a petition, the North Gauteng High Court has dismissed axed SARS commissioner Tom Moyane’s bid to have his dismissal overturned.

Moyane had mounted a legal battle challenging the powers of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry which was tasked with investigating administrative governance at the SA Revenue Service (SARS).

The Commission’s interim report recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa sack Moyane. Ramaphosa later acted on this recommendation and fired Moyane in November.

The Commission’s final report is expected on Friday.

Moyane had also approached the court to interdict Ramaphosa from advertising and filling his post, which has since been occupied by Mark Kingon in an acting capacity.

Moyane had been on suspension since March after Ramaphosa said he had lost confidence in Moyane’s ability to lead SARS.

Last week, Moyane argued that if Ramphosa’s conduct in dismissing him went unchallenged, it would cause harm to his livelihood, dignity and reputation; including his prospects of future employment, among other personal injuries.

Moyane also wanted the court to grant a personal cost order against Ramaphosa.

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