President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane have been butting heads over Minister Pravin Gordhan. Now Ramaphosa is arguing that Mkhwebane can't expect action to be taken if she failed to specify how and when it should happen.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the Public Protector can't expect him to take action against Gordhan when she herself didn't say what should happen and by when.
Mkhwebane had recommended that appropriate action should be taken against the Public Enterprises Minister, after she had found that he violated the Constitution when approving the early retirement of Ivan Pillay.
Ramaphosa is adamant that he will not be taking any action against the minister, opting to wait for the outcome of Gordhan's application to review, and set aside Mkhwebane's report.
However, Mkhwebane says that in order to suspend the implementation of her remedial action, Ramaphosa must get a court interdict, failing to do so qualifying as a violation of the Constitution, reports EWN.
The president's spokesperson, Khusela Diko, believes that because Mkhwebane failed to indicate when action should be taken, Ramaphosa is within his rights to wait for Gordhan's application to run it's course:
"There's a bit of a grey area in terms of what appropriate disciplinary action can and should be but unfortunately, she can't at this point she can't change a report that she has submitted already."
Oupa Segwale, spokesperson for the Public Protector, says that Ramaphosa should have indicated what he will be doing and by when:
"The implementation was supposed to be to indicate 'I was going to take this kind of action and this is how it is going to unfold'."
Briefly.co.za reports that EFF leader, Julius Malema, claims that Ramaphosa is treating the minister as if he is a 'god' by protecting him from Mkhwebane's findings.
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