South Africa's graft watchdog tells Ramaphosa to discipline minister Gordhan

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa should discipline Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for establishing an "intelligence unit" while serving as tax commissioner and for misleading parliament.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who investigates alleged wrongdoing by state officials, said that setting up such an intelligence unit was a violation of the constitution. She also said that by misleading parliament over whether he had met the Guptas, friends of former president Jacob Zuma at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal, Gordhan had violated an executive ethics code.

The findings are a headache for Ramaphosa, who relies on Gordhan to oversee efforts to revive struggling state-owned companies like power firm Eskom and weapons manufacturer Denel.

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