The group said that it would challenge the sweeping remedial actions it recommended.
“Phumelela has received the public protector’s report regarding the corporatisation of the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Phumelela has been advised to apply to the high court to have the report reviewed and set aside,” Phumelela said.
“This application is being prepared by Phumelela’s legal representatives and will be instituted within the next few weeks.”
The protector this month ordered the Gauteng Gambling Board to take urgent steps to conduct an audit of all state-owned assets that were transferred to Phumelela Gaming and Leisure for “a song”, with a view to establishing their origin, value on transfer and ownership prior to transfer, as well as to establish whether they were utilised for the benefit of the horse-racing industry and citizens who are affectionate about the sport of horse racing.