The public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lost a court bid to enforce remedial orders against public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan in a harshly worded ruling that is likely to increase calls for her to step down as head of the anticorruption watchdog.

Mkhwebane directed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary action against Gordhan within 30 days after her investigation found that the minister had violated the constitution when he set up the SA Revenue Service’s (Sars’s) so-called rogue unit, which is alleged to have illegally spied on politicians...

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