Ramaphosa's 'buddy-buddy' approach holds SA to 'ransom' for Gordhan, Mpofu argues

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- citizen.co.za | 2 months ago

At the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa is attempting to interdict Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from forcing him to carry out the remedial action against Minister of Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan, stipulated in a recent report which found him guilty of having irregularly approved the early retirement of former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, acting for Mkhwebane, accused the president of acting on Gordhan’s behalf using a “buddy-buddy” approach and suggested that Gordhan was holding South Africa to ransom. Mpofu stressed that he was appearing not in his capacity as Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national chairperson, but as the public protector’s advocate, although the EFF is supporting Mkhwebane in her defence.

“Nothing will stop the bloodbath on our democracy” if the interdict was successful, Mpofu said, adding that the whole country “might as well” be closed up if Ramaphosa succeeded.

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