Former SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane, has been denied the opportunity to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, before the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture.
The ruling was made by the commission Chair Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo on Tuesday. Chief Justice cited that he believed that “Moyane does not address why granting him leave to cross-examine Mr Gordhan is necessary and in the best interests of the functions of this commission.”
He added that Moyane’s failure to explain the extent to which he was implicated by the Minister in allegations of state capture and to respond with an opposing version of allegations made against him as reasons why Moyane would not be granted leave to cross-examine Gordhan.
Zondo dismissed Moyane’s application to cross-examine Gordhan on all but one count.
Zondo is still to rule on Moyane’s accusation of malice against Gordhan in relation to the laying charges against him. Zondo said he would “seek further input” on this before passing judgment.
Moyane applied to cross-examine Gordhan in March. This bid was strongly opposed by the Minister.
The application came after Gordhan gave evidence to the Zondo commission about the apparent irregularity of Moyane’s alleged approval of New Integrated Credit Solutions being appointed as a debt collector at the revenue service.
Gordhan alleged that Moyane misled Parliament when he claimed not to have had any involvement in its appointment.