Public protector - Gordhan violated constitution with SARS rogue unit

Public protector - Gordhan violated constitution with SARS rogue unit

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that former commissioner of SARS Minister Pravin Gordhan was guilty of violating the constitution

- The findings pertain to the SARS “rogue” unit, which Gordhan allowed during his time as SARS commissioner

- Mkhwebane recommended that Gordhan should face disciplinary action and to face an ethics investigation in parliament

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane can’t seem to stay away from news headlines since taking the hot seat, with a number of high profile cases.

Mkhwebane’s ability has been questioned by the DA previously due to some controversial rulings in the past.

On Friday, Mkhwebane showed no fear of ruffling feathers with her ruling on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the SARS “rogue” unit.

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Mkhwebane found that Gordhan was guilty of violating Section 41(1) of the Constitution when he allowed the unit to continue during his tenure as SARS commissioner.

At the press briefing in Pretoria, Mkhwebane added that Gordhan should face disciplinary action within 30 days.

EWN also reported that The Public Protector recommended that an ethics investigation should be opened based on the minister’s actions.

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Briefly.co.za learnt that the Sunday Times was previously forced to retract all stories relating to the rogue unit by the Press Ombudsman.

This followed a complaint, which was laid by Gordhan, Ivan Pillay (former Sars deputy commissioner) and Johann van Loggerenberg (former Sars group executive).

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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