- The Public Protector's family says they are worried about how she will pay her legal fees
- This comes as Busisiwe Mkhwebane owes close to a R1 million in legal costs
- However, an organisation has also begun raising funds to help Mkhwebane pay the fees
Busisiwe Mkhwebane's family members say they are worried about how the Public Protector will pay her legal fees.
This comes after the Constitutional Court ordered Mkhwebane to personally pay 15% of her opponent's costs.
The Public Protector will have to pay an estimated R900 000 in total.
The Constitutional Court set aside Mkhwebane's report from last year in which she ordered Absa-Bankorp to pay over R1 billion, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The Court found that there were serious flaws in her report and that Mkhwebane had not been fully honest during the investigation.
As a result, the Court set aside the remedial action Mkhwebane had ordered and held Mkhwebane personally liable for some costs, according to News24.
"The money she must pay is close to R1 million," the Public Protector's mother, Martha Mkhwebane, has reportedly said. "What did she do to deserve this?"
Mkhwebane's mother said she is also upset with the widespread criticism Mkhwebane has received, as well the questions raised about her fitness for office.
"I know that Busisiwe is big and doing a good job out there," she said.
The Public Protector's sister has also said that the family will be lending Mkhwebane support. Additionally, an organisation called Democracy in Action has reportedly raised over R50 000 for Mkhwebane.
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