Pretoria - The lawyers for Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan have asked the North Gauteng High Court to rule against remedial actions set down by Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane against their client, citing that the findings of her report are "flawed".
Advocate Wim Trengrove on Tuesday said Mkhwebane's orders had to be suspended immediately and that she be halted from effecting any of her remedial actions.
The request by Trengrove and the legal team comes after Mkhwebane released her report early this month in which she found that Gordhan had violated the executive ethics code for his alleged involvement in the so-called SARS rogue unit. She said that during Gordhan's tenure as Commissioner and alongside Ivan Pillay who was second in charge, Sars had violated section 209 of the Constitution which confers the powers and authority to establish an intelligence service only to the President as head of the national executive.
Mkhwebane had also indicated that the unit in question allegedly obtained illegal equipment to conduct intelligence operations and that Gordhan had lied by not disclosing a meeting he had with the controversial Gupta family.
She ordered that within 60 working days criminal investigation be instituted against Gordhan, Pillay and all officials involved with the unit and that Ramaphosa take disciplinary action against the minister.