12 June 2018

South Africa: Another Absurd Report By Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

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Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has had a rough time since taking office. First, she ordered Parliament to amend the Constitution - despite the fact that she had no power to do so. Then a High Court found that she was biased and lacked impartiality, as well as being dishonest and incompetent, and ordered her personally to pay a part of the legal costs in a case brought against her. Now she has released a report on Helen Zille's highly problematic tweets on colonialism that is so legally misguided that it is difficult to believe that a qualified lawyer could write it in good faith.

Of all the obnoxious things Helen Zille has tweeted in her life (remember her tweets on black people from the Eastern Cape being "refugees" in the Western Cape?), her tweets in which she preposterously attempted - among other things - to credit colonialism with bringing piped water to South Africans (except, of course, to all those black people it did not bring piped...

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