Mkhwebane: Battle with Ramaphosa potential 'constitutional crisis'

Mkhwebane: Battle with Ramaphosa potential 'constitutional crisis'

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of not equally enforcing her remedial action against his ministers

- Mkhwebane has warned that her legal battles with Ramaphosa have the potential to cause a 'constitutional crisis'

- Ramaphosa is currently fighting back over adverse findings against both Pravin Gordhan and himself

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Busisiwe Mkhwebane has accused Ramaphosa of not applying her recommendations equally when it comes to his ministers.

The Public Protector told EWN that her legal battles with the president could well lead to what she describes as a 'constitutional crisis'.

Mkhwebane felt that Ramaphosa has cooperated when it came to adverse findings against the likes of Malusi Gigaba and Des van Rooyen, but now that she is taking on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, the game has changed:

“I have issued 4,5,6 reports relating to other ministers, [Malusi] Gigaba, [Lynne] Brown, [Des] van Rooyen and others, I have received quick responses and cooperation on how the president has implemented the report, let it be equal, let's be treated equally."

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Mkhwebane says that she had higher expectations from Ramaphosa, who had taken an oath of office to respect and uphold the Constitution.

The Public Protector revealed that she would be requesting a meeting with the president in an attempt to 'deal with the tensions' which she feels have the potential to weaken both offices. reported that both Ramaphosa and Gordhan had received implicating reports from Mkhwebane, with both determined to take her findings on review.

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