Johannesburg - The schism between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane widened on Monday when she accused the president of having been given poor legal advice that resulted in his not implementing her recommendations against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Mkhwebane and Ramaphosa have, since May 25, been engaged in political wrestling after she found that Gordhan had acted unlawfully by approving the early retirement of former SA Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay, with full benefits.
Mkhwebane said the fact that Gordhan had taken her findings over the early retirement matter on judicial review did not mean that he could not implement the unspecified remedial action she recommended in May.
Speaking through her spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, Mkhwebane said the only way Ramaphosa could stop the implementation of remedial action would be through an appeal against the findings.
“A court order interdicting implementation pending review proceedings is the way to go,” Segalwe said.