- Cyril Ramaphosa has entered the legal battle between Pravin Gordhan and Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- The president has asked a court to declare that he complied with the Public Protector's recommendations concerning Gordhan
- Mkhwebane had urged Ramaphosa to take action against the minister, but he has not yet done so
Cyril Ramaphosa has stepped into the legal fight between Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
On Monday, the president filed court documents urging the court to declare that he had complied with Mkhwebane's recommendation of remedial action against Gordhan.
Mkhwebane recommended that Ramaphosa take action against Gordhan as she found that Gordhan had violated the Constitution by granting an early retirement payout to former Sars head, Ivan Pillay.
This comes after escalating tensions between Ramaphosa and the Public Protector, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Mkhwebane had accused the president of being "contemptuous" of her office and had suggested that he was at risk of causing a "constitutional crisis" by failing to follow through on her recommendation, according to the Mail & Guardian.
Similarly, Gordhan has also taken the matter to court, asking the courts to set aside the Public Protector's report. Ramaphosa's camp says that the president waited to take remedial action against Gordhan while the minister took the case to court.
In court papers, Ramaphosa argues that he has complied with Mkhwebane's report, as he did, indeed, take note of it. Mkhwebane disagrees and insists that the president is deliberately not complying with her recommendations.
Ramaphosa appears to address this in the court documents, saying that: "The president ought not to be dictated to" by the Public Protector.
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