South Africa: The Threat to Democracy, Part One - the Public Protector

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There have been continued expressions of unhappiness over the actions and findings of the current Public Protector. To call for removal of someone holding such high office can only be done in extreme circumstances, where it is clear that the person acts contrary to what is expected from her office. In the cases of the current incumbent, many of her actions are setting back attempts to regularise governance and return the country to legality.

This article first appeared on Creamer Media's website: polity.org.za

Much of the media has been dominated over recent weeks by controversy surrounding reports of the Public Protector (PP) on the conduct of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Pravin Gordhan, as well as some of Gordhan's former colleagues at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), notably former Deputy Commissioner, Ivan Pillay, who has also had adverse findings against him in reports of the PP.

As with the reports of the former PP (Thuli Madonsela) on Nkandla, sharp political lines have been drawn, though, paradoxically, the leaders of the charge against Gordhan, in particular, and to some extent Ramaphosa have been the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). They had led many of the steps against malgovernance of former President Jacob...

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