High court rules in favour of Ramaphosa

High court rules in favour of Ramaphosa

Judge Lettie Molopa-Sethosa has granted President Cyril Ramaphosa's interdict to halt the public protector's remedial action against Pravin Gordhan.

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The high court in Pretoria handed down judgement on Thursday after Ramaphosa sought to suspend Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s remedial action against Public Enterprises Minister PravinGordhan.


In her report, Mkhwebane found that Gordhan did not act in accordance with the constitution during his tenure as commissioner at the South African Revenue Services (Sars) when he granted deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay an early retirement with full pension payout.

Mkhwebane called for the president to act swiftly against Gordhan but Ramaphosa argued it would be best if he allowed the law to run its course.


The ruling means the president would only be required to take action after the finalisation of Gordhan's application to review the report against him.

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In her judgment, Molopa-Sethosa said: "It [the report] is silent on when and how the disciplinary action should be taken. The president  has complied.


"He is not saying he will not take remedial action or he will not take disciplinary action against minister Gordhan; he is saying he will defer the implementation of the disciplinary action."


The judge ordered the public protector and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to pay the costs of the application.

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