Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has lost yet another case in the High Court in Pretoria. This time it was over the approval of Ivan Pillay’s early retirement by then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The High Court has set aside Mkhwebane’s report which found fault with former South African Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement payout.
The 2019 report had been challenged by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan after it found he was wrong to approve Pillay’s pension with benefits. Mkhwebane also recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa take disciplinary action against Gordhan who was a commissioner at the revenue service at the time of approving the retirement package.
But the minister pushed back against the findings and asked the courts to set the report aside with costs. The court has now granted this, however, the cost order has been dismissed.
This latest ruling has added to a growing list of adverse findings against the Public Protector who is also fighting a parliamentary process looking into her possible impeachment.