The Economic Freedom Fighters have instructed their legal team to jump to the defence of Busisiwe Mkhwebane. This comes as the Public Protector faces widespread backlash over her adverse report on Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The EFF has come to the defence of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, throwing their weight behind the principle that her reports must be taken on review in court, should their be any disagreement over her findings.
The party has also lashed out at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the latest organisation to join growing calls for the Public Protector's removal.
Neeshan Balton, executive director of the foundation, said Mkhwebane was acting in a manner which came across as 'irrational', claiming that she was 'driven by an agenda' which Balton said was clearly not about protecting the interests of the public.
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Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Mkhwebane had found Gordhan was guilty of 'improper conduct' for his roll in approving the early retirement of deputy-commissioner of SARS, Ivan Pillay.
Now, Mkhwebane says that she has subpoenaed Gordhan to give his side of the story, claiming that he should have steered clear of approving Pillay's early retirement, full pension benefits intact, reports News24.
Balton claims that the timing of her findings, ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet announcement, was suspicious:
"The timing of the announcement of her findings and subsequent hasty release of the report seems to suggest that it was made with only one purpose in mind, to try and influence the president's choice of Cabinet members."
The EFF, on the other hand, rejects calls for the Public Protector's removal, commenting that:
"We reject the calls as a direct attack on a Chapter 9 constitutional institution. They are also reactionary and steeped in the politics of personality cult as they portray Pravin Gordhan above the law and not subject to a Chapter 9 institution."
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