EFF Ndlozi accuses Judge after the EFF and public protector were ordered to pay Ramaphosa’s legal costs

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tweets from court that the judge does not inspire confidence.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi@MbuyiseniNdlozi

The judge has noted that  it was “not understandable” why the PPP was opposing a stay of Gordhan’s review application.

According to her, the EFF was being “unreasonable” to demand the president take disciplinary action immediately.

She however noted that  she does not see that justice would be served if the successful parties were not to be granted an order for costs.

Molopa-Sethosa now delivers her order

* She declares that the President has complied with the remedial action of the Public Protector arising out of the investigation and report into the approval of former SARS deputy commissioners Ivan Pillay.

* The Public Protector and the EFF will pay costs.

This means that President Cyril Ramaphosa does not have to take any action against Gordhan until the outcome of his review of the Ivan Pillay pension matter has been argued in court.

That court case has not yet commenced.

Alfred Mhlanga, head of legal at the office of the PP, speaking to media after the ruling was handed down, says the office of the public protector will consider the judgment and give it a close reading.

He says the PP’s office will then formulate a way forward. He says the public protector does not take decisions to oppose applications for the stay of remedial action lightly.

Ndlozi says that the EFF is taking a previous ruling by Judge Sulet Potterill to the Constitutional Court, and once the apex court has ruled, Thursday’s ruling by Judge Molopa-Sethosa will “fall apart”.

He says Thursday’s judgment was poorly argued.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, spokesperson for the EFF, says Pravin Gordhan is treated as being above the law.

He says the EFF is worried that the public protector’s office is being stripped of its ‘bite’. He says it is too easy for remedial actions ordered by the public protector to be suspended.

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