Courts to test the power of the protector

- | 3 months ago

NEWS ANALYSISThe gloves came off this week in the legal battle between public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the public enterprises minister, Pravin Gordhan.

There were bitter exchanges between the two in affidavits and Mkhwebane even threatened contempt proceedings against Gordhan. The Economic Freedom Fighters also sought to enter the fray, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has in one case given his support to Gordhan and laid bare his own dispute with Mkhwebane after the two could not agree on whether he had implemented her remedial action.

There are now three separate court cases on the go, all involving the same four parties: the public protector, Gordhan, Ramaphosa and former South African Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay.

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