- Pravin Gordhan seems poised to take his position in Cabinet as Public Enterprises Minister once more
- Gordhan filed a review application in the Gauteng High Court yesterday, seeking to have an adverse report by the Public Protector set aside
- This comes despite calls against Gordhan from the EFF leader, Julius Malema, the African Transformation Movement and even from within the ANC itself
Pravin Gordhan has filed a review application at the Gauteng High Court, seeking to have the Public Protector's report, claiming he violated the Constitution, cast aside.
Tebogo Malatji, the minister's lawyer, says they believe the application will suspend the Public Protector's recommendation that disciplinary action must be taken against Gordhan.
This may well give President Cyril Ramaphosa enough political leeway to reappoint Gordhan in his Cabinet, as there would be no action for him to take.
Gordhan argued in the application that there is currently no contractual agreement between himself and the president, which legally prevents any action that could have been taken against him.
In the application, the minister blasts Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane as 'unfit for office' and even 'stunningly incompetent', labelling her actions as unconstitutional, claiming that the report had been a part of a political campaign to block his reappointment into Cabinet:
"I believe that my political opponents, and those who are fighting back against the work underway to restore the integrity and stability of state institutions, good governance and to continue the eradication of corruption, wish to use the report and attack me and undermine my integrity and good name."
Gordhan insists that he had worked within the confines of the law when he had approved the early retirement and subsequent pay-out of full benefits for deputy SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay, Briefly.co.za reported.
Meanwhile a source in government claims that Ramaphosa relies heavily on Gordhan in his efforts to reform the state, saying that Julius Malema's obsession with the minister should be questioned.
The EFF leader vowed to support the Public Protector in her upcoming legal battle against Gordhan, adamant that he has the 'crocodile' by the tail.
The ATM party, which allegedly has ties to former president Jacob Zuma, has also blasted the minister for the 'continuing revelations' against him, saying that he should recuse himself from serving in government, reports News24.
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