Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has scored another victory in his project to clean up the country’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) after nearly a decade of looting and maladministration under Jacob Zuma’s presidency. The high court in Pretoria on Tuesday dismissed an application by former Transnet board member and head of the audit committee Seth Radebe to have his removal from the SOE declared unlawful and unconstitutional and to have the newly appointed board removed. Gordhan, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s point man to clean up the rot at SOEs, has replaced boards and executives at Transnet, Denel and SA Express since his appointment in February. The cleanup of the state has seemingly sparked a backlash from parts of the ANC, with reports of a plot to remove Ramaphosa. The court challenge by Radebe was seen as part of the fight-back against Gordhan and the new administration. Radebe was hired by former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown in December 2017. As chair of ...

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