Pravin Gordhan is expected to file an interdict to prevent President Cyril Ramaphosa from taking action recommended by the Public Protector. The Public Enterprises Minister is expected to file this application before the end of this week, giving him enough time to prepare a separate application to address the most recent findings against him.
Pravin Gordhan is expected to file an urgent application in the Gauteng High Court to interdict President Cyril Ramaphosa from taking remedial action against him.
This comes as the Public Protector released two adverse findings against the Public Enterprises Minister, most recently finding that Gordhan violated the Constitution when he established the SARS rogue unit, Briefly.co.za reported.
Sources reportedly said that Gordhan plans to file his paper by the end of this week, allowing him enough time to file a separate application for the most recent findings.
Adrian Lackay, the minister's spokesperson, has indicated his doubt over Busisiwe Mkhwebane's intentions:
“The Constitution, in section 181, envisages the office of the public protector to be independent, impartial, dignified and effective. To date, in this matter, it has failed in all four respects."
While Lackay says Gordhan has not decided his plan of action yet, sources say he has already opted to take the matter on review. When the Public Protector ordered Ramaphosa to take action within 30 days of her report, the source claims:
“This prompted Pravin (Gordhan) to approach the High Court on an urgent basis to interdict President Ramaphosa from implementing the public protector’s remedial action. It is up to the president to oppose the interdict application, which is unlikely at this stage."
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