Amanda Watson
News Editor
3 minute read
8 Dec 2020
5:00 am

Mkhwebane’s head is on the chopping block

Amanda Watson

A high court ruled that Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane made false remarks under oath, which could lead to censure by the Legal Practice Council and possible disbarment.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane during an outreach programme at the Rabasotho Community Center in Tembisa, 21 August 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

Once again, Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been found wanting by a superior court – and this time it could have real-life consequences for her as she blunders from one damning judgment to the next. Monday’s judgment handed down by three justices of the High Court in Pretoria – Selby Baqwa, Leonie Windell and Annali Christelle Basson – dealt with Mkhwebane’s report on an “investigation into allegations of violation of the Executive Ethics Code by Mr Pravin Gordhan, MP, as well as allegations of maladministration, corruption and improper conduct by the South African Revenue Services [Sars]”. While the judgment...