'Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane made lots of mistakes and simply lied'

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on 22 July 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

The overall judgment… points out that these [contractionary statements] are simply lies… She said one thing and the evidence revealed another thing…

Dr Cathy Powell, Associate Professor in Public Law - University of Cape Town

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane must pay 15% of the South African Reserve Bank’s legal fees in the “Bankorp lifeboat matter” with her own money, the Constitutional Court ruled on Monday, upholding a High Court order.

Justice Sisi Khampepe was scathing in her judgment.

…the Public Protector acted in bad faith… put forward a number of falsehoods…including misrepresenting under oath…

Justice Sisi Khampepe

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Dr Cathy Powell, Associate Professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).

…. nobody doing a public job appropriately is going to get sanctioned for it… She made lots of mistakes and also lied… even Mogoeng’s [minority] judgment admitted incompetence…

Dr Cathy Powell, Associate Professor in Public Law - University of Cape Town

[Does the fact that there is dissent give her protection?] Yes, it does… It should be a question of fact… but it’s not only a question of fact…

Dr Cathy Powell, Associate Professor in Public Law - University of Cape Town

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