South Africa's Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane poses in her office after a press briefing releasing reports on various investigations on June 19, 2017 in Pretoria. South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog has launched an investigation into several allies of President Jacob Zuma allegedly linked to corruption at three state-owned companies, based on a trove of recently leaked emails. South Africa's Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said she would probe alleged "improper or dishonest" acts and "unlawful enrichment... by certain public officials" at rail company Prasa, power company Eskom and the Transnet freight logistics conglomerate. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe

By: Noluthando Mchunu

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has lashed out at Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s court application to interdict her latest findings against him.

In a statement released yesterday , Mkhwebane said the application “is laced with the indignity of personal insults”.

She added that while it is Gordhan’s right to lodge review proceedings, the insults are below the dignity of a cabinet minister.

Gordhan lodged an urgent application in the high court in Pretoria on Wednesday to interdict Mkhwebane’s remedial actions.

In his affidavit, Gordhan claimed that Mkhwebane’s office and powers had become weaponised in the political battle over state capture.

Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe says she will be defending the matter as she has full confidence in the veracity of her findings.

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