CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has welcomed the ruling in the North Gauteng High Court suspending Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's sanction of him and reiterated that he believes her to be unfit for her post.
In a statement, Gordhan's legal counsel Malatji & Co Attorneys said Judge Sulet Potterill's ruling was an important affirmation of his rights to procedural fairness.
Mkhwebane ordered that President Cyril Ramaphosa take disciplinary action against Gordhan within 30 days in her report on allegations that he allowed the creation of a "rogue" intelligence unit within the South African Revenue Service about a decade ago.
Potterill said in her ruling that Gordhan could suffer irreparable harm should the remedial action be implemented pending his review application on the report, particularly if that application were successful.
She rejected as "askew" Mkhwebane's counter argument that it would interfere with the constitutional powers of the institutions tasked with implementing her remedial action to grant an interdict suspending it.