Following the Public Protector's finding that Minister Pravin Gordhan should face disciplinary action, the DA, COSATU and OUTA have all called for her head. Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that those aggrieved by her report are welcome to challenge it in court.
Oupa Segalwe, spokesperson for the Public Protector, has responded to outcry over the recent report on Minister Pravin Gordhan, saying that people are welcome to approach the courts to voice their complaints.
Briefly.co.za had reported earlier that Busisiwe Mkhwebane had found that allegations of improper conduct levied at the public enterprises minister had been substantiated.
Mkhwebane had found that Gordhan had improperly approved an early retirement package for former SARS deputy-commissioner, Ivan Pillay. Her report had called for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against Gordhan and for SARS to recover the funds.
Segalwe had responded to calls for Mkwebane to be removed from office, with her reports cast aside until her competency could be proven:
“If those found to have acted wrongly are aggrieved at the Public Protector’s findings and remedial action, they have the right to approach the courts for recourse. The Public Protector respects and advocates for the respect of the rule of law and justice, and so she will definitely co-operate.”
Meanwhile, Gordhan, Pillay and Oupa Magashula (ex-SARS commissioner) have all indicated intentions to challenge the ruling, reports Mail & Guardian.
COSATU, OUTA and the Democratic Alliance have all called for the Public Protector's removal, while the Economic Freedom Fighters have called for the president to opt out of reappointing Gordhan to his Cabinet in light of the report.
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