Amid mounting allegations of a witch hunt, public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane moved on Monday to allay concerns about her probe of public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, saying she is still deciding whether to proceed with it or not. Gordhan is facing an onslaught from allies of former president Jacob Zuma, who have now been joined by the EFF in taking on the minister, in a move reminiscent of the 27 questions he was sent by the Hawks on the eve of delivering the 2016 budget. A statement released by her office said the probe into Gordhan was only at a “preliminary stage”. She was still gathering information to help her decide whether to proceed. She also denied in the statement that her subpoena of the minister to appear before her on Wednesday was timed to coincide with Gordhan’s testimony before the commission of inquiry into state capture. Gordhan is expected to make a submission to Judge Raymond Zondo’s commission in an eagerly awaited appearance on Thursday. At the heart ...

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