President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lawyers have denied that the state attorney’s threats that public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane could face a personal costs order if she opposes his legal bids to stay remedial action against public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan amounts to an attempt to “badger” Mkhwebane.

Advocate Hamilton Maenetje, arguing for Ramaphosa in the Pretoria high court on Thursday morning, disputed what he described as “emotive” accusations by the EFF about the letter, which he said the party seemed to view as “another sign of the president trying to badger the public protector”...

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