The legal war between Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has taken a new turn.
Minister Gordhan not only wants the Public Protector’s report on the SARS rogue unit to be set aside by the high court, but he wants Mkhwebane to be personally liable for the costs.
This comes a few days after Mkhwebane released a report finding that Gordhan had illegally set up SARS rogue unit in her report.
However, in statement Gordhan dismissed Mkhwebane’s report and accused her of overstepping.
“The Public Protector misapplies the provisions of the Constitution and applicable legislation when making adverse findings,” the statement stated.
“For example, section 209 of the Constitution regulates the establishment of intelligence services. It does not prevent SARS from establishing an investigative unit.”
Mkhwebane has since instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary measures against Gordhan.
Gordhan maintains that there is a political motive behind this war with the Public Protector.