Judgment reserved as Ramaphosa, Mkhwebane duel over public protector's powers

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- fin24.com | 2 months ago

It was a full day of legal arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, where lawyers for President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane squared off over the disciplinary action she instructed the president take against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

After eight hours of arguments with few breaks Judge Letty Molopa-Sethosa reserved judgement, saying she hopes to hand down her ruling on Thursday, August 8. The matter relates to the report issued by the Public Protector in late May 2019, which found that Gordhan erred in approving the early retirement with full benefits of former deputy commissioner of the SA Revenue Service Ivan Pillay in 2010.

Gordhan was finance minister at the time.

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