South Africa: Mkhwebane Claims She Walks in the Footsteps of Her Predecessors


Busisiwe Mkhwebane tells a gathering in Tembisa that her office is not a divisive political tool, as many people have claimed.

"We are not politicians; we are not even in that space. But we operate in a political space. When we do our work, we are purely dealing with the law." So said Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to people in Tembisa in Ekurhuleni.

"Media shouldn't report as though the current Public Protector's ways of doing the job is wrong or is not supposed to happen. The former public protectors were doing the same thing."

Mkhwebane was speaking at her office's stakeholder roadshow at Rabasotho Community Centre on Wednesday 21 August 2019.

Over the last few weeks, Mkhwebane has dominated public discourse as a result of her findings involving Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Cyril Ramaphosa, to name a few. Not only have the findings been set aside by courts, but she has been heavily criticised by judges. Her biggest setback was a Constitutional Court judgment which found (in support of a High Court ruling) she had acted in "bad faith" in her Bankorp/Absa report.

Despite all the heat, she is being subjected to, Mkhwebane is appealing to the...

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