Trevor Manuel, has accused the Economic Freedom Fighters of issuing a false, racist and libelous statement about himself and new Sars boss, Edward Kieswetter.
Manuel was Chair of the panel appointed to interview and select the new commissioner.
The EFF has contested Kieswetter's appointment with several objections - including the allegations that the new commissioner is related to Manuel. The other claim is that Kieswetter and Manuel are business partners.
The party insists the process was not transparent.
Manuel has disputed the EFF's claims in a statement and has threatened to take legal action.
He says EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is plainly racist for assuming that Kieswetter is connected to him on the sole basis that the two of them are coloured.
He further called on Ndlozi to provide evidence that he and the new sars commissioner are in business together - saying no such evidence exists.
Letter to @EFFSouthAfrica by Trevor Manuel refuting it’s claims against l new SARS Comissioner Edward Kieswetter. Manuel saying EFF must withdrew allegations or face legal action as he will “not be abused by schoolyard bullies.” #SARS @eNCA pic.twitter.com/AUWBW4BRU7— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) March 28, 2019
Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman has more on the story.
What he is saying here is that there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the two of them are related, apart from the fact that through the racist mind of Mbuyiseni Ndlozi - the mere fact that they are both coloured individuals - that they must be related.— Barry Bateman, Reporter - EWN
He also says that it is now up to Ndlozi to provide the evidence that him and Kieswetter are in business, saying that you will not find any evidence to support this claim.— Barry Bateman, Reporter - EWN
He has demanded a retraction from the EFF and Ndlozi, failing which, he has threatened legal action.— Barry Bateman, Reporter - EWN
The EFF has threatened legal action of its own to have the decision to appoint Kieswetter set aside.
Bateman says given the party's previous fights with the Public Enterprises Minister and EFF leader Julius Malema's 'difficulties' with the revenue service, the party may be happy to have Tom Moyane remain in control of the organisation.
I think there is perhaps a very cynical view adopted by the EFF and it is to their benefit to ensure that somebody who brings stability to this organisation, is not appointed.— Barry Bateman, Reporter - EWN
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