In Mkhwebane vs Ramaphosa fight, 'she's the one losing face'

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The public protector is fighting a losing battle for her credibility, according to commentators, after a week of legal battles which yesterday saw her face off against President Cyril Ramaphosa in court, with him filing yet another challenge against one of her recent reports.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane has come off second-best in several challenges to her reports, including the ones which made adverse findings against Ramaphosa and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Legal conundrums riddled arguments on both sides in Ramaphosa’s court challenge against Mkhwebane’s remedial action involving Gordhan yesterday.

The question of whether Ramaphosa had the executive powers to discipline Gordhan as a minister was a main component of his bid to delay acting on her remedial action, which stemmed from an investigation into Gordhan awarding a pension payout while working at the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

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