Mkhwebane losing face in battle against Ramaphosa- Legal expert

Mkhwebane losing face in battle against Ramaphosa- Legal expert

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane took on the president himself this week as he challenged her adverse findings against Pravin Gordhan

- Mkhwebane has come off second-best in numerous challenges to her various reports

- A legal expert feels that Ramaphosa may just have the upper hand as the pair face off in court

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The Public Protector is fighting a losing battle to retain her credibility, with her reports facing legal challenges across the board.

Anton van Dalsen, a legal expert at the Helen Suzman Foundation, commented on the situation:

"We have a Public Protector who has lied under oath – and we cannot have any confidence in her work."

This comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa challenged adverse findings against both himself and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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The Citizen reports that both sides of the argument are facing legal hurdles, but the legal expert has supported Ramaphosa's right to wait until Gordhan's report has been heard under judicial review.

Van Dalsen explains that the president should avoid taking action against the minister before the review:

“The principle remains, why would you want to take an executive decision based on something the pending judicial review might have overturned in the next few months? How will you undo that after the fact?” reported that the Constitutional Court had found Mkhwebane had been dishonest under oath, a massive blow to her credibility.

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