Pravin Gordhan responds to EFF, tells them to get "good lawyers"

Pravin Gordhan responds to EFF, tells them to get "good lawyers"

- Pravin Gordhan says the EFF should get "good lawyers"

- He made the comments in the wake of the EFF's criticism of his re-appointment as Public Enterprises minister

- The EFF is unhappy that Gordhan retained his post despite the Public Protector recommending remedial action against him

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Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has warned that the EFF that they should get good lawyers.

This comes after the red berets slammed Gordhan's re-appointment to Ramaphosa's Cabinet, saying that Gordhan had violated the Constitution.

This comes after the Public Protector found Gordhan guilty of improper conduct by granting an early retirement payout to former Sars deputy, Ivan Pillay.

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In a public statement, the EFF rejected Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet announcement as a "declaration of war". They found particular issue with the appointment of Gordhan. The party claims that Ramaphosa has shown himself to be a "constitutional delinquent" by appinting Gordhan despite the Public Protector recommending remedial action against him.

Gordhan, however, says his focus is not on the EFF but rather on reforming state-owned enterprises and clamping down on corruption, according to eNCA.

Additionally, Gordhan rubbished the EFF's claims of his appointment being unconstitutional.

"I was part of drafting the constitution, it can't be delinquent," he said.

Gordhan urged the EFF to consult "good lawyers", whom he insisted would tell them the same thing.

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His comments come after Trevor Manuel's victory on Thursday in his defamation case against the EFF. The EFF was ordered to pay R500 000 in damages, which Manuel has said he will donate to the victims of the VBS bank saga, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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