South Africa: Pravin Gordhan Wins Interdict As Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane Lashed in Court, Again

Left: Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Top-right: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Bottom-right: Gauteng High Court building.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has won an interdict preventing Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's orders against him from being implemented while he takes her report on review. The ruling was yet another blow for Mkhwebane, whose work was once again found wanting.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's remedial orders against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan were vague and nonsensical, the North Gauteng High Court ruled on Monday in the latest blow for the embattled head of the Chapter 9 institution.

The court ruled in favour of Gordhan's application for an interim interdict to suspend the implementation of Mkhwebane's remedial orders while he takes her report into his work at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and conduct in the executive on judicial review.

"Much of the orders are vague, contradictory and/or nonsensical," said Judge Sulet Potterill, in a judgment that probably adds ammunition for those calling for Mkhwebane to be removed.

In Mkhwebane's report released earlier in July, she found Gordhan violated the Executive Members Ethics Act when he told Parliament he had never met the Guptas and was guilty of maladministration for his role in establishing an intelligence-gathering unit while he was SARS commissioner.

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