- Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that the Consitutional Court's ruling against her on Monday sets a bad precedent
- She argues that it may impair future Public Protectors' ability to perform their duties
- This comes after the Court found that Mkhwebane is liable to personally pay costs relating toa flawed investigation
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that the Constitutional Court's latest judgment against her sets a bad precedent.
She says this is because it will require her to personally pay 15% of the fees incurred by the SA Reserve Bank in the Absa/Bankorp matter.
Mkhwebane argues that this may interfere with future protectors' ability to do their job, as they may be worried about personal cost orders when they make findings.
The Public Protector made the statement on Monday after the Constitutional Court upheld the personal costs order against her, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The court ruled that Mkhwebane's investigation into Absa/Bankorp was flawed and that she was not honest during the investigation, according to fin24.
Mkhwebane has since said that she disagrees with the ruling that she lied under oath, but has acknowledged that she will not be able to appeal the court's decision.
The court's ruling has been widely viewed as damning for Mkhwebane. In particular, the court found that Mkhwebane's argument that personal cost orders might impair the Public Protector's ability to perform its duties was baseless.
A statement from the court said that personal costs are a "mechanism to ensure that the conduct of public representatives does not fall egregiously short of what is required of them."
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