"The legality of the public protector's findings is subject to a challenge by the minister. There is a serious dispute about the legality of the public protector's findings‚" Chaskalson said.
He said the public protector seemed‚ in her remedial action‚ to assume that the president had similar disciplinary powers over Gordhan that an employer had over an employee.
Chaskalson said Gordhan was not an employee in the ordinary sense as he was there to serve at the behest of the president.
"It may be that the president has no power to take disciplinary action against the minister. If that is the case‚ then the remedial action to take disciplinary action against the minister may well constitute a power that the president does not have‚" said Chaskalson.
Chaskalson said the decisions that the president needed to take were best taken at the end of the review application.
"This is the position of the president in this interim application‚" Chaskalson said.
The hearing continues.
Source: TMG Digital.