- Today's ruling has dealt Busisiwe Mkhwebane yet another loss with an adverse ruling against her
- President Cyril Ramaphosa had sought to stall remedial action against Minister Pravin Gordhan in his application for an urgent interdict
- The judge had ruled in the president's favour, finding that both the Public Protector and the EFF should pay costs
The Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has suffered yet another defeat, this time at the hands of President Cyril Ramaphosa
Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhwebane had accused Ramaphosa of thwarting the Constitution when he failed to instate her recommended remedial action against Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Now, Judge Molopa-Sethosa has ruled that the president has complied with Mkhwebane's remedial action plan relating to Gordhan's approval of the early retirement of a former SARS commissioner.
Noting that the original order had not given Ramaphosa a time frame in which to act against the Public Enterprises Minister, Molopa-Sethosa revealed that the recommendations would have been halted pending the upcoming court hearing in any case.
The Public Protector, along with the Economic Freedom Fighters, has now been ordered to pay costs in the matter. During her ruling, the judge had stated that Red Berets had been 'unreasonable' to demand that action should be taken against Gordhan immediately.
The party had come out in strong support of the Public Protector as she took two of the nation's 'untouchables' to the legal arena.
EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, in response to the ruling, claimed that Minister Pravin Gordhan is being treated as above the law. Ndlozi took to social media to slam the judge, commenting:
"Your ladyship can’t even read her own judgement. She doesn’t inspire ANY confidence in justice."
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