Editorial
2 minute read
8 Dec 2020
5:30 am

Protect the public from the public protector

Editorial

Mkhwebane has been anything but irrational in her systematic attempts to defend former president Jacob Zuma and his accomplices and to allow their capture of the state to continue.

Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane during a press briefing at the Public Protectors House, 12 December 2019, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Seldom has there been a legal judgment more damning of a public servant than the lashing handed down yesterday to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane by three judges of the High Court in Johannesburg. In tossing out Mkhwebane’s findings related to the “rogue unit” in the SA Revenue Service, Judges Selby Baqwa, Annali Basson and Leonie Windell recommended that Mkhwebane be investigated by the Legal Practices Council following what they called her “shockingly inappropriate and unwarranted” attack on Judge Sulet Potterill in a previous court appearance. That referral raises the possibility of serious censure – or worse – against a person...