Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan is under investigation by public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and has been subpoenaed to appear before her next week. The investigation relates to the early retirement package offered to former SA Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay in 2010. Gordhan has informed justice Raymond Zondo, chair of the state-capture commission of inquiry, about the public protector’s investigation saying this was part of the “misuse and abuse of public powers for suspicious objectives”. According to Gordhan’s statement, the complaint against him was lodged on November 18 2016 by Lebogang Hoveka, then a speechwriter in former president Jacob Zuma’s office. This was a month after Thuli Madonsela’s term as public protector ended and Mkhwebane took office. It was also three weeks after former national director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams withdrew fraud charges against Gordhan, Pillay and former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula regarding ...

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