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DA calls for Mkhwebane’s removal

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DA calls for Mkhwebane’s removal

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

16th February 2018

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter

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Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Glynnis Breytenbach said her party had always maintained that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was not a suitable candidate to lead the Office of the Public Protector as a crucial institution in the fight against injustice and corruption.

This was after today’s scathing judgment by the North Gauteng High court, setting aside Mkhwebane’s Bankorp-CIEX report, which had ordered financial institution Absa to pay R1.1-billion for an apartheid-era bailout provided to its predecessor, Bankorp, by the South African Reserve Bank.

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The court has ordered Mkhwebane to personally pay 15% of the costs, while 85% must be paid by her office.

Breytenbach said this was not the first time Mkhwebane had wasted “precious resources on frivolous court applications . . . Since her appointment, she’s wastefully incurred legal costs.”

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The DA said this judgment against the Public Protector was more proof that she should immediately be removed from office.

“It also constitutes a scathing indictment on the ANC members of the Justice Portfolio Committee, who – on the same grounds found by the court today – refused to consider our request to remove her,” said the DA.

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