The court battle over impeached former public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s exit gratuity, reportedly about R10m, was “not ripe for hearing”, ruled the Pretoria high court judge Colleen Collis ruled in Pretoria on Thursday as she removed it from the urgent court roll.

She slapped the office of the public protector with a punitive costs order, saying the office and the public protector, Kholeka Gcaleka, were “solely” to blame for the fact that the case was not ready to be heard...

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