Former Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has approached the court to set aside the Public Protector's report.
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane released her report on Friday which she found that in 2010 while being the minister of finance, Gordhan violated the Constitution by approving former South African Revenue Service deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement with full pension benefits.
Eyewitness News senior reporter Barry Bateman says in an affidavit Gordhan says the timing of the release of the report was politically motivated and part of an effort to empower proponents of state capture.
He is not sparing any punches on this matter. He is gone straight after her and said that the matter was politically motivated.— Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News
He questions her timing with regards to this. He had filled his response to the final report 48 hours before the final report was released.— Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News
He says his political opponents have used this report to persuade the President from allowing him to return to government.— Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News
He straight at her competence and her motivations for realising the report.— Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News