Court hears that Mkhwebane was called 'legally illiterate' by Gordhan

Court hears that Mkhwebane was called 'legally illiterate' by Gordhan

- Pravin Gordhan reportedly called Busisiwe Mkhwebane "legally illiterate" in court documents he filed this week

- Mkhwebane's lawyer says such comments are an assault on the dignity of the Public Protector

- He says that the court would effectively be endorsing these insults if it rules in favour of Gordhan

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Busisiwe Mkhwebane's lawyer, Thabani Masuku, says that some of allegations made against his client by Pravin Gordhan are "scandalous and vexatious".

Masuku describes these allegations as an assault on the office of the Public Protector.

This comes as Gordhan has filed an application to have the remedial orders recommended against him by Mkhwebane suspended and interdicted.

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The Public Enterprises Minister argues that the Public Protector's recommendations against him should be set aside as they were driven by "improper motives", has gathered. In particular, Gordhan has accused Mkhwebane of waging a "political war" against him.

Indeed, Gordhan has been scathing in his criticism of Mkhwebane in the court documents he filed this week. He accuses Mkhwebane of being "legally illiterate", among other claims, according to The Citizen.

Masuku has taken issue with such comments. He says that Gordhan is undermining the dignity of the Public Protector. As a result, he says that if the court rules in favour of Gordhan it would effectively be endorsing his insults of Mkhwebane.

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Additionally, Masuku says that it is necessary for the court to reject Gordhan's application in order to preserve the separation of the different branches of government. He says that a Chapter 9 institution such as the Public Protector's office should not be interdicted at the whim of a minister such as Gordhan. 

The matter is ongoing.

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