South Africa: Defender Pravin Comes Out Guns Blazing Against Protector Busisiwe - and He's Not Firing Blanks

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Following the release of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's most recent report slamming Minister Pravin Gordhan for multiple instances of alleged misconduct, Gordhan is holding nothing back. He is openly accusing Mkhwebane of trying to prevent him from doing his job for 'blatantly political motives' and he wants her to personally pay the court costs 'on a punitive scale' because of her 'unlawful conduct'.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's most recent report focusing on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan not only instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary action against Gordhan within a month, but also asked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the police to investigate possible criminal charges against him.

As we first reported on Monday, Gordhan has turned to the courts once again. His lawyers aim to try to stop these recommendations from being implemented and to have Mkhwebane's report set aside entirely.

As the 79-page application makes clear, Gordhan has officially had enough.

"The erroneous findings and remedial action imposed by the Public Protector have had an enormous personal and political impact on me," the court papers state.

"They have detrimentally affected perceptions of my character, maligned my reputation and adversely affected my standing as Minister of Public...

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