Johannesburg - A lot of focus has been placed on Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s reports being overturned by the courts of law, but it was not always plain sailing for her lauded predecessor Thuli Madonsela either.
Mkhwebane’s role as public protector is coming under increasing scrutiny with the latest blow being the dismissal of her application by the Constitutional Court to set aside a Pretoria High Court judgment which last year ordered that she was liable to cough up 15 percent of the costs in the Absa/Bankorp bailout case.
On Monday the Constitutional Court ruled that Mkhwebane had lied under oath and acted in bad faith in the case of the South African Reserve Bank R1.125 billion bailout of Absa in the early 1990s.
Another high profile Mkhwebane report that has been set aside is the Vrede Dairy Farm project report which the North Gauteng court set aside and labelled unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid after it found that she had narrowed the scope of her investigation into the embezzled R220 million meant to assist emerging farmers.
However Mkhwebane’s predecessor, Madonsela, earlier this year had one of her own reports overturned in the courts after it was deemed “totally irrational” and “factually incorrect” in April.