Gordhan and Magashula ready for battle with Public Protector

By Doug Mattushek - 27 May 2019Views : 197

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and former South African Revenue Service boss Oupa Magashula are set to challenge the Public Protector’s ruling against them.

Last week, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released a report on her probe into the early retirement of former SARS depuy commissioner Ivan Pillay that was granted by Gordhan in 2010.

Now, Gordhan and Magashula have put together a team of advocates that are set to take the report to the high court.

"We're meeting with our senior counsels on Tuesday," confirmed Magashula on TimesLIVE.

"The intention is to launch a comprehensive application against the ruling of the public protector."

In an affidavit submitted last week, Gordhan asked Mkhwebane for the “special circumstances” that were supposed to justify the probe, but were never made known.

"Section 6 (9) of the Public Protector Act provides that you may not entertain a complaint more than two years after the event, except where, in special circumstances, you exercise your discretion to do so," wrote Gordhan.

"Will you please clearly specify the ‘special circumstances’ that justified your decision to entertain an old complaint; and the reasons why you exercised your discretion to do so."

This comes off the back of the DA and Cope both calling for the removal of Mkhwebane as Public Protector following the Vrede Dairy Farm debacle.