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Public Protector pilloried in court

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Hutton described the report as ‘bereft of any sound legal or factual basis’ and said Mkhwebane’s bias against Pillay was ‘manifest’.


01 Oct 2020
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Public Protector pilloried in court

Ivan Pillay. Picture: Facebook

Ivan Pillay’s legal team says had the former deputy commissioner of the South African Revenue Services (Sars) not taken early retirement, it would have cost the tax service even more. Last May, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released a report on Pillay’s early retirement in 2010. Her findings included that then finance minister Pravin Gordhan had approved it irregularly, and that Sars had as a result incurred more than R1.2 million in irregular expenditure. She found Gordhan was guilty of “improper conduct” and directed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take “appropriate disciplinary action” against him, prompting the now public enterprises minister and...

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