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South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-corruption watchdog

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-corruption watchdog
FILE PHOTO: Cyril Ramaphosa speaks after taking the oath of office at his inauguration as South African president at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko -
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday after a judge found he had acted reasonably in not immediately disciplining public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan over a decision regarding the retirement of a tax official.

Ramaphosa secured an interdict from the court, meaning he does not have to implement disciplinary action against Gordhan while Gordhan appeals against a finding by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

“I am satisfied that the president has made out a case for the relief sought,” High Court judge Letty Molopa-Sethosa said as she gave the ruling.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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