Pravin Gordhan contends that the timing of the release of public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report, which found he acted improperly, was suspicious and indicated that it was politically motivated. This was contained in an affidavit submitted by Gordhan in his application to the High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside the public protector’s report into the early pension payout of former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. At the time, Gordhan was finance minister and Oupa Magashula was Sars commissioner.

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