Pretoria - Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane suffered another huge financial loss when the North Gauteng High Court ordered her to pay personal costs for her failure to investigate the role of former Free State premier Ace Magashule in the Estina Dairy Farm project.
This was the ruling by Judge Ronel Tolmay in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria after she ordered Mkhwebane to pay 7.5% each for the costs of the DA and Council for the Advance of South African Constitution (Casac).
DA and Casac applied to the High Court to set aside Mkhwebane's report on the Estina Dairy Farm and their primary complaint was that Mkhwebane had failed to investigate the role of Magashule and former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane.
Both parties argued that Mkhwebane should be held personally liable for the costs. In May, Tolmay reserved judgment on costs pending a Constitutional Court ruling on similar applications against Mkhwebane by Absa and the South African Reserve Bank.
Last month, the ConCourt ordered Mkhwebane to pay 15% of the Absa/Reserve Banks costs.