Mkhwebane in Gordhan matter: Ramaphosa cannot escape presidential duty

Mkhwebane in Gordhan matter: Ramaphosa cannot escape presidential duty

- Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane is adamant that President Cyril Ramaphosa cannot escape from his duties

- The pair squared off in court this week over Mkhwebane's adverse report on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

- The Public Protector's comments formed part of her application to the High Court, which seeks to force Ramaphosa's hand in the matter

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane warns that Ramaphosa should not be allowed to escape his presidential duties.

The two went toe-to-toe in a court battle in which Mkhwebane intends to enforce remedial action against Gordhan, while Ramaphosa wishes to stall until the matter can be taken up on judicial review.

Mkhwebane is adamant that Ramaphosa is bound to her recommendations against the minister, commenting:

"The president is and has been continually in breach of his duty to implement remedial action. He does not approach this court with clean hands. This is an ongoing and continuous violation with every day and hour that passes, rendering the country in a state of lawlessness.”

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The South African reports that Mkhwebane will have to wait another week to see if the court rules in her favour.

EFF spokesperson Dali Mpofu, who represents Mkhwebane in the case, has claimed the president's objections lack substance, telling the court that:

“This case is devoid of any merit whatsoever. There is no chance that this kind of application could succeed on its terms." reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters had reinforced their support of the Public Protector, taking a keen interest in the case's developments and coming out in force to rally behind Mkhwebane.

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