'The comedy of errors shows Mkhwebane serving Absa a subpoena intended for FNB'

Mail & Guardian investigative editor Thanduxolo Jika has written an article about a series of errors that resulted in Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane serving Absa a subpoena intended for FNB.

RELATED: Mkhwebane 'disappointed' over latest legal loss related to Estina report

The mistake happened during Mkhwebane's investigation into Bosasa’s R500, 000 donations to the CR17 presidential campaign and whether President Cyril Ramaphosa misled Parliament about it.

The article comes after Mkhwebane was dealt another legal and financial blow on Thursday.

The North Gauteng High Court ordered Mkhwebane to personally pay 7.5% of the legal costs of the Democratic Alliance and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) in the Estina Dairy Farm matter.

RELATED: Public Protector files record of evidence she used for Ramaphosa investigation

Bongani Bingwa chats to Jika about his exposé and Mkhwebane's consistent legal woes.

A subpoena was sent to Absa but it was not meant for Absa, it was actually meant for FNB. Both banks alerted Mkhwebane's office that this was the wrong subpoena. Unfortunately for Absa, they sent the response to the wrong email. Mkhwebane's office also tried to email the subpoena to Absa by the office also got the email address wrong.

Thanduxolo Jika, Investigative editor - Mail & Guardian

He says the question he is trying to answer is why did the Public Protector send a subpoena by courier at all?

A subpoena must be sent to a person, a person must sign a receipt for it. From the face of all these errors, how can an Absa subpoena end up with FNB and visa versa? Surely we should have better systems than that. These errors go back to the fact that findings are being made by the courts.

Thanduxolo Jika, Investigative editor - Mail & Guardian

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