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South Africa: Gordhan, Public Protector Square Off in High Court

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

Cape Town — Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has filed an urgent application to challenge the implementation of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s remedial actions against him, taking his fight against the embattled ombudswoman to the North Gauteng High Court, Fin24 reports.

Gordhan’s move comes after Mkhwebane’s report on the so-called unlawful South African Revenue Service “rogue unit”, also known as the High Risk Investigations Unit, which was created in 2007 during Gordhan’s tenure as the tax agency’s commissioner.

According to Eyewitness News, Gordhan is asking the court to halt the enforcement of remedial action against himself, pending a review of Mkhwebane’s report which also found the Public Enterprises Minister guilty of “improper conduct” for his approval of former South African Revenue Services deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement.

The legal showdown is the latest development in the feud between Mkhwebane and Gordhan, who also accused the Public Protector of enabling state capture by seeking to remove him from office.

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