ANC member asks integrity commission to flag Gordhan as reputation risk

ANC member asks integrity commission to flag Gordhan as reputation risk

- An ANC member has urged the party's integrity commission to deem Pravin Gordhan a threat to the ANC's reputation

- This comes after the Public Protector ruled that Gordhan violated the Constitution

- The party member says that the commission must discipline Gordhan in order to demonstrate its impartiality

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An ANC member has filed a complaint against Pravin Gordhan with the party's integrity commission, saying that Gordhan posed a risk to the ANC's reputation.

The member, Phapano Phasha, wrote a letter to this effect to the commission's chairperson, George Mashaba.

Phasha has urged the commission to look at the Public Protector's recent report on Gordhan and determine whether Gordhan brings the ANC into disrepute.

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This comes after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found Gordhan guilty of improper conduct and recommended that President Ramaphosa take disciplinary action against him.

The report asserts that Gordhan violated the Constitution by granting an early retirement payout to former Sars deputy-commissioner Ivan Pillay, according to Eyewitness News.

However, Gordhan has filed papers of his own challenging the Public Protector's report. Additionally, Gordhan has questioned Mkhwebane's competence and called for her removal from office.

Phasa alleges that Gordhan's challenge of Mkhwebane amounts to an attack on the office of Public Protector. 

Consequently, Phasa argues that the integrity commission must act against Gordhan in order to show that it is unbiased and impartial. 

"For the integrity committee not to be seen to be functional, the idea is that it must call in Pravin," Phasa writes in the letter.

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This comes after the integrity commission raised concerns about some of the ANC's Parliamentary candidates, including David Mabuza. However, Mabzua was sworn in as an MP on Tuesday, has gathered.

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