Explainer: What comes next for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane?

Explainer: What comes next for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane?

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has suffered yet another defeat in court today, as the Gauteng High Court ruled in Pravin Gordhan's favour

- After a grueling defeat at the hands of the Constitutional Court, Mkhwebane's future is up in the air

- Briefly.co.za takes a look at what has come to pass, and what is on the cards for the Public Protector

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been in a blinding spotlight in South Africa over the course of the past few weeks.

Her reports against some of Mzansi's most powerful have afforded her a certain sense of infamy, but the nation's courts don't seem to be approving of Mkhwebane's actions.

Briefly.co.za reported that the Gauteng High Court had granted Minister Pravin Gordhan his interdict, stalling remedial action recommended by the Public Protector against him.

The Constitutional Court stood by a High Court order, seeing Mkhwebane slapped with an estimated R900 000 bill for costs in her ABSA/Bankorp debacle.

On the back of today's very public loss, the Office of the Public Protector has maintained that Mkhwebane will not be resigning, noting the 'scathing' comments passed down by Judge Potterill, who said her defence in the case had been 'nonsensical':

"There is no need for urgency in implementing the remedial actions because the matter is a decade old. The case put forward by [Mkhwebane] was vague, contradictory and non-sensical.”

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READ ALSO: Gordhan wins legal battle against 'vague, nonsensical' Mkhwebane

So what happens to Mkhwebane now?

While Pravin Gordhan is not completely off the hook, the Public Enterprises Minister has been given a chance to breathe. The courts will be asked to look into Mkhwebane's report on a date that has yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, despite the Public Protector's tenacity over calls for resignation, the Legal Council of South Africa are considering whether or not Mkhwebane should be allowed to practice law.

This judgement has the potential to remove Mkhwebane from her office, with a conclusion expected to be met in the next few days.

While the EFF is adamant that the matter regarding Gordhan should be pushed through to the Constitutional Court, Mkhwebane's office is hesitant to rush back after last week's defeat and will be 'carefully' considering their next move.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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