Remarkably, someone sworn to uphold the law places herself in the same category as a person who was convicted of kidnapping and who was fortunate indeed to escape without a lengthy term in jail, who had to make serious admissions at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and whose involvement in several criminal matters, some of them serious, narrowly avoided prosecution.
Mkwebane was naturally not referring to that aspect of Winnie; she was comparing herself to the Winnie projected as a heroine of the masses. The PP sees herself in that light and seeks our sympathy for her media and public reputation - created, according to her, as a result of a conspiracy. If she wants to know who is responsible for that reputation, she should look in the mirror.
I am indebted to Professor Omphemetse S Sibanda who wrote recently in the Daily Maverick that “the public protector’s decisions, as we all knowhave been found to be vague and nonsensical; making no sense; a misdirection of the facts and a conflation of the legal principles; amounting to bad faith or grossly negligent conduct; product of dishonest engagements and flawed investigation; suspect and contradictory intextuality; unintelligible (that is, incoherent, inarticulate, incomprehensible); thrown together, with no discernible order.”
It seems to me that this is not the product of a conspiracy unless the PP is suggesting - surely not - that judges of the High Court and the Constitutional Court itself are party to such a conspiracy? The damage is self-inflicted and only the PP, the EFF and Julius Malema, and the Zuma faction of the ANC are blind enough or self-deluded enough to fail to recognise that the PP is the architect of her troubles. She is incompetent and way out of her depth and she has created something of a constitutional crisis by persisting in conduct that harms her, her office and the state. Instead of promoting and protecting one of our most important constitutional safeguards, her office is plagued by ineptitude and controversy.