Gordhan's lawyers fighting to set aside the Public Protector's ruling

Gordhan's lawyers fighting to set aside the Public Protector's ruling

- Gordhan's lawyers are trying to have the Public Protector's "rogue unit" ruling set aside

- Mkhwebane had found that Gordhan violated the constitution by establishing the unit

- This comes as Julius Malema has called on Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against Gordhan

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Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has been in the news a lot in the last few weeks.

He faces an investigation by the Public Protector as well significant criticism from the EFF, all while dealing with the unenviable task of attempting to reform several struggling state-owned enterprises.

In light of all this, here are three things you should know about Gordhan.

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One key thing to know about the Public Enterprises Minister is that Julius Malema is not a fan. The EFF leader has slammed Gordhan on several occasions, most recently in July when he urged Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary action against the minister, according to Times Live. 

In his typical fiery rhetoric, Malema accused Ramaphosa of treating Gordhan like a "god". This came after Ramaphosa declined to sanction Gordhan after the Public Protector found that Gordhan had violated the constitution by granting an early retirement payout to former Sars boss, Ivan Pillay. 

Additionally, Gordhan has also been in the news (and in the Twitter trends) because of allegations that he does not have a degree. Indeed, speculation has been running rampant as to whether or not Gordhan actually has a qualification.

UKZN has since confirmed that Gordhan completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the institution in 1973, but this has done little to silence some voices who claim that Gordhan is unqualified.

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Finally, there is the issue of the so-called Sars "rogue unit" that Gordhan is accused of having run while at the tax-collection institution. 

Mkhwebane found that Gordhan's establishment of this unit was also unconstitutional, but Gordhan's lawyers are reportedly working at having Mhwebane's ruling set aside.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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