The War Between Mkhwebane & Ramaphosa & Co Goes Back to 2015

WHAT seems at face value to be a fight that emanates from Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s recent reports into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s conduct in Parliament and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s conduct during his tenure at South African Revenue Services (SARS) dates back to 2015 when, according to Noseweek, “Ramaphosa and deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas secretly pressured SARS to secure multi-million-rand exit settlements for SARS’s former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay and its head of strategic planning and risk, Peter Richer. Both were facing serious internal disciplinary charges for their alleged roles in the “rogue” covert surveillance unit”.

The details are contained in a series of damning articles published by Noseweek. One report alleges that Jonas was acting on behalf of Gordhan who was “Pillay’s principal ‘protector’ in his battle for survival.

According to Noseweek, “As well as securing multi-million- rand pay-offs (and an escape from having to answer serious internal charges) for Pillay and Richer, the ministerial intervention team, it is alleged, demanded deletions and the “watering down” of the about-to-be released Sikhakhane Report, which found that the “rogue unit” had been unlawfully established.

“There was also pressure on former SARS commissioner Moyane to appeal to then NPA boss Shaun Abrahams to drop charges against SARS executives over the 2007 bugging of the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority”. 

The Noseweek articles give a chilling report of how this intervention may have come to influence the events that are unfolding today including the Nugent Commission into the goings-on at SARS and Judge Kroon’s reversal on his original opinion that the Rogue Unit was unlawful. 

Here’s the report from Noseweek “All president’s men brought into bat”

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