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Court suspends PP's remedial action against Gordhan pending review of report

The High Court in Pretoria on Monday is handing down judgment in the application brought by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to suspend the enforcement of the remedial action in Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report on the South African Revenue Service’s so-called rogue unit.

FILE: Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan arrives at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria on 26 November 2018 to lay criminal complaints against EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has ruled in favor of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and has suspended the enforcement of the remedial action in relation to the Public Protector’s South African Revenue Service (Sars) investigation unit report.

Gordhan, supported by President Cyril Ramaphosa, brought the application on an urgent basis last week.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane had ordered the president to initiate disciplinary steps against the minister within 30 days of the release of the report, which was earlier this month.

Judge Sulet Potterill found Gordhan had met the requirements for an interim interdict to be granted.

"The remedial orders in paragraph 8 of the Public Protector's report are suspended pending the final determination of part B of this application. The Public Protector or the office of the Public Protector are interdicted from enforcing the remedial orders, pending the final determination of part B."

Potterill also slapped the Public Protector and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with a costs order.

"The first, second and tenth respondents, jointly and severally, pay the applicant, eighth respondent and ninth respondent's costs, which includes the costs upon the employment of two counsel."

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