Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of failing to uphold the constitution. The pair are at odds over Mkhwebane's findings against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Mkhwebane wants Ramaphosa to take remedial action against Gordhan, but the president wants to wait for the outcome of the minister's appeal before taking action.
This has prompted the Public Protector to accuse Ramaphosa of failing to uphold the constitution.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Mkhwebane had found Gordhan had irregularly approved the early retirement of Ivan Pillay from SARS.
The Citizen reports that Tebogo Malatji, Gordhan's lawyer, slammed the Public Protector's findings against the minister, commenting:
“The complaint involves complex considerations of pension fund laws in as far they relate to public servants. It is doubtful whether due consideration was given to Minister Gordhan’s submissions."
This has not preventing Mkhwebane from sending a scathing letter to the president:
“I can deduce that the decision not to implement was a foregone conclusion as it is merely based on Mr Gordhan’s assertions, nothing else.”
However, the presidency is adamant that they will wait for the matter to be concluded before taking action against the minister:
“We believe that our proposed course of action is appropriate in the circumstances and that any further decisions in this regard would be taken once Minister Gordhan’s review of the report is completed.”
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