Pretoria - The legal representative of the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane told the court that she is opposing the application of the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, after he hurled insults in his application to interdict remedial actions against him in the so-called SA Revenue Service (SARS) rogue unit report.
"She usually would say he has the right to review the report, and if they want an interdict, let them have it. But against the background of these insults, she is forced to oppose it," said Advocate Thabani Masuku for Mkhwebane.
Masuku launched a scathing attack against Gordhan's application on Tuesday at the North Gauteng High Court, saying the minister had made scandalous allegations against the Public Protector.
Gordhan lodged an urgent application to suspend and interdict the remedial orders by the Public Protector in her so-called rogue unit report, citing "improper motives" on her part.
Mkhwebane found that the establishment of the unit was unlawful and that Gordhan, who was SARS commissioner at the time, had violated the Constitution.