On Friday 24 May, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane issued a report which found that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan had acted improperly when he approved the early pension payout for former SARS senior official Ivan Pillay. The early pension payout was granted in Gordhan’s capacity as Finance Minister.
Following the report, Gordhan filed an urgent application with the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, in order for the court to to review and set aside the public protector’s findings that he violated the constitution.
Gordhan has called the findings by Mkhwebane that of “stunning incompetence, irrationality and negligence”.
Mkhwebane found Gordhan guilty of “violating the constitution” and instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary action against him.
Public calls for Gordhan to to suspend his participation in all structures of government until his name is cleared are growing.
Societal groups such as the African Transformation Movement (ATM) have called on President Ramaphosa to “act in consideration of the facts contained in the report”, as South Africa “can simply not afford to have elected and appointed individuals tainted by a grand authority such as the Public Protector”.