Gordhan’s lawyer, Nazeer Cassim, said that after a “thorough investigation” the minister concluded: “This man is no good at this point in time for the Transnet board. He can’t be the chairman of the audit committee.”

Cassim said any suggestion that Gordhan’s decision to fire the Transnet board was driven by racism is “rubbish”.

“There is nothing here that shows Minister Gordhan is a racist. With great respect, that’s just rubbish, for want of a better word,” Cassim told the court.

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