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Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in her standoff with public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan. She accuses the minister of trying to "interfere" in her probe into the SA Revenue Service’s (Sars) alleged rogue unit. Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko on Sunday declined to comment on the April 30 letter sent by Mkhwebane to the president, in which she accuses Gordhan of "not offering much assistance and co-operation" after she tried to "elicit some information and documentation" from him. "I consider Mr Gordhan’s conduct throughout these investigations not protective and helpful towards the public protector to ensure its independence and impartiality." The letter was a latest salvo in the conflict between Mkhwebane and Gordhan, a vital Ramaphosa ally in the president’s fight to undo the damage done to the economy mostly in the past 10 years. Having a top minister in his fight against state capture "refusing to co-operate"...

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