EXPLAINED: The Public Protector's findings and how they bind (and help) Ramaphosa, Gordhan

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- news24.com | 3 months ago

President Cyril Ramaphosa is involved in a bitter struggle with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane who has instituted various investigations into both the head of state and Pravin Gordhan, the minister of public enterprises and his most trusted reformist.

Mkhwebane is expected to make an adverse finding against Ramaphosa related to the donation of R500 000 to his ANC leadership campaign, and she has already found against Gordhan. Mkhwebane, who took over from Thuli Madonsela as Public Protector in October 2016, is being defended by many who have been implicated in various scandals including ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and EFF leader Julius Malema.

READ MORE - Ramaphosa to Mkhwebane: 'I will wait for court before disciplining Gordhan … if at all'Ramaphosa's dilemma is that under Madonsela the Public Protector's credibility was restored and the office's powers affirmed by the chief justice and the Constitutional Court (in the Nkandla matter).

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