Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is questioning whether finance minister Tito Mboweni has the right to bring a court action against her in relation to her report on Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane. Mboweni has lodged papers with the Pretoria high court to have Mkhwebane’s findings and remedial action set aside on the grounds that they are irrational, alternatively unreasonable and “damaging” to the Treasury. Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said on Sunday the public protector is “not certain if the minister has locus standi [the right to bring an action] in the matter since no findings were made against him and the remedial action is directed at the president”. Segalwe said Mkhwebane is considering how she will respond to the court action. In what could be seen as an attempt to establish his locus standi, Mboweni said in his affidavit that “National Treasury has a material interest in the finding of the public protector that [Mogajane] was ‘blatantly dishonest’.” Mo...

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