Ramaphosa's lawyers reject EFF charge that public protector is being 'badgered'

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- heraldlive.co.za | 4 months ago

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lawyers have denied that the state attorney’s threats that public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane could face a personal costs order if she opposes his legal bids to stay remedial action against public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan amounts to an attempt to “badger” Mkhwebane.

Advocate Hamilton Maenetje, arguing for Ramaphosa in the Pretoria high court on Thursday morning, disputed what he described as “emotive” accusations by the EFF about the letter, which he said the party seemed to view as “another sign of the president trying to badger the public protector”. “It wasn’t a letter from the president saying, if you don’t withdraw I’m going to seek a special costs order … it is not, it is the initiative of lawyers saying: here is a clear judgment [the ruling granted by judge Sulet Potterill on Monday, in which she granted a stay of implementation to Gordhan in his SA Revenue Service (Sars) rogue unit report challenge], just give us a stay and let’s all go home, we will wait for the review application to be concluded.

” The “EFF inference of our badgering is unfounded”, he said.

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