The fightback against public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, who has made it his mission to clear out the rot in state-owned companies that became prey in the state capture project, has intensified as he faces at least three public protector complaints. It came to light last week that public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was investigating Gordhan’s role in the early retirement package offered to former SA Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay in 2010. This is based on a complaint lodged in November 2016 by Lebogang Hoveka, an employee in the office of the deputy president. The EFF has lodged two complaints against Gordhan with the public protector, accusing the minister of lying to parliament about his interactions with the Gupta family and for his role at Sars and the establishment of the so-called rogue unit. It also sent Gordhan an extensive list of questions to be answered through the parliamentary process, with several allegations against him. Since Friday,...

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