Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:
- Fired SARS commissioner Tom Moyane has hit back at president Cyril Ramaphosa, saying his decision to axe him was unconstitutional and pre-empted legal process that were already underway. Various investigations found that Moyane was responsible for years of maladministration at SARS, which led to the R50 billion tax shortfall. [TimesLive]
- A draft report on land expropriation without compensation has been submitted to parliament, showing overwhelming support for government’s plans to take land. The report was compiled after holding public hearings on the matter. [Reuters]
- Calls are now mounting for president Ramaphosa to fire disgraced home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba, after the Constitutional Court affirmed a lower court’s finding that he lied under oath and violated his oath of office. Cosatu, the DA, and other civil groups have called for Gigaba to be removed. 
- Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that SABC employees should not be retrenched, and that paying executives salaries of R4 million is fine. She said that the solution to the group’s financial problems should rather be found in a review of its revenue model. [ENCA]
- South Africa’s rand firmed on Thursday, recovering from a three-week low hit in the previous session, as investors dumped the dollar and jumped back into riskier assets. On Friday the rand was at R14.31 to the dollar, R18.61 to the pound and R16.36 to the euro.