- The Public Protector has slammed Pravin Gordhan through her legal representatives
- Her lawyer claims that Gordhan has violated the Constitution by insulting Mkhwebane
- He argues that Gordhan has a duty to uphold and defend the office of the Public Protector
Busisiwe Mkhwebane has slammed Pravin Gordhan for allegedly accusing the Public Protector of state capture.
She made the submission to the North Gauteng High Court through her lawyer, Thabani Masuku.
Additionally, Mkhwebane argues that Gordhan has violated his constitutional duty to protect Chapter 9 institutions by criticising the Public Protector.
This comes in response to Mkhwebane's damning report against Gordhan, which found that his involvement in the formation of the so-called Sars 'rogue unit' was unlawful, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Mkhwebane's legal representatives allege that Gordhan holds the view that the Public Protector is a liar and an "enabler of state capture". As a result, Masuku argues that Gordhan's attitude toward Mkhwebane "should not be allowed", according to IOL.
"There are legal grounds through which the findings of PP can be dealt with without calling her names," the lawyer said.
This is the latest in the increasingly complex web of 'lawfare' battles between Gordan and the Public Protector. Others who have submitted in the matter include former deputy Sars commissioner, Ivan Pillay, and former SARS head of human resources, Oupa Magashula, among others.
Pillay sides with Gordhan and says that Mkhwebane's report contains several baseless claims. Magashula, meanwhile, claims that the Public Protector's findings against him are invalid and ought to be set aside.
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