Gord­han ‘guilty’

Im­proper con­duct over pay­out — PP

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PUB­LIC­P ro­tec­tor­B usisiwe­Mkh we­bane­has­found­Pub­lic­En­ter­prises­Min­is­ter­Pravin­Gord­han­( pic­tured) ­guiltyof­“im­proper­con­duct”­over­his­ap­provalof­then-deput y­S A­ Rev­enue­Ser­vic es­Com­mis­sioner­Ivan­Pillay’s­early­re­tire­ment­and­p ay­out.

Mkhwe­bane­made­the­an­nounce­men­tat­a­me­dia­brief­ing­yes­ter­day­af­ter­noon.

In­her­re­me­dial­find­ings,­Mkhwe­ba­neurged­P res­i­dent­C yril­R amaphosa­t otake­appr opri­ate­dis­ci­plinary­ac­tion­a­gainst­Gord­han­for­vi­o­lat­ing­the­Con­sti­tu­tion.­She­also­sa ys­that­s teps­needto­be­t aken­t o­r ecover­the­mone y.

In­a­six-page­state­ment­that­she­read­out­and­shar ed­with­the­me­dia,Mkhwe­bane­said­that­Gor dhan­should­not­have­ap­proved­the­early­re­tire­men­twith­full­pen­sion­ben­e­fit s­of­Pilla y­in2010­and­his­re-em­ploy­ment­on­a­fixedterm­c on­tract.­Gor dhan­w as­F inancem­i­nis­ter­at­the­time.

Gord­han­has­pre­vi­ously­said­that­Pillay’s­r etire­ment­w as­“en­tirely­abo ve­board”.

The­pub­lic­pr otec­tor­sub­poe­naedGord­han­on­April­8­this­year­to­re­spondto­11­que stions.­Most­of­the­que stion­swere­r elated­to­the­cr eation­of­the­so­called­S ARS­“r ogue­unit”.

She­did­not­touch­on­this­part­of­thein­ves­ti­ga­tion­y es­ter­day.­One­of­the­11ques­tions­in­the­sub­poena­re­lated­to­theap­point­ment­of­Pilla y­as­deput y­c om­mis­sioner­of­the­tax­agency.­It­is­not­im­me­di­ately­clear­if­she­w as­r efer­ring­t othis­in ves­ti­ga­tion­y es­ter­day­w hen­shean­nounced­her­r eme­dial­ac­tion. ­

In­ear ly­April­Gor dhan’s­spok es­per­son,­Adrian­Lackay, ­told­Fin24­that­the­sub­poena­amounted­to­an­“abuse­of­of­fice”­by­Mkhwe­bane. ­The­pub­lic­pro­tec­tor,­mean­while, ­said­she­was­in­ves­ti­gat­ing­Gord­han­to­help­“clear­his­name”.

“We­are­in­ves­ti­gat­ing­him­to­clear­his­name.­We­want­him­t o­as sist­us­t o­dothat,”­she­said­in­lat e­April. ­— ­F in24. IF the win­ner in ei­ther the men’s or women’s races in this year’s Com­rades Marathon breaks the “Up Run” Best Times of Leonid Shvetsov (2008 – 5:24:49) or Elena Nur­galieva (2006 – 6:09:24) he or she will take home a min­i­mum of R1 mil­lion in Com­rades prize money.

This is com­prised of a first prize of R500 000 plus a R500 000 in­cen­tive for break­ing the Best Time.

In ad­di­tion, the prize for First South African is R200 000, First KZN Man and Woman is R45 000.

The Com­rades Marathon As­so­ci­a­tion (CMA) has con­firmed that nearly R4,3 mil­lion is in the prize kitty for the 94th edi­tion of the world’s most gru­elling ul­tra­ma­rathon. — WWR.

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