- South Africa’s Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, came forward recently to say that she believes that she should be treated in the same way as a court judge
- Mkhwebane went on to say that, as Public Protector, she should be guaranteed decisional independence
- This statement from Mkhwebane comes after a ruling made by the Constitutional Court that she is personally liable to pay legal fees for the South African Reserve Bank
Public Protector for South Africa, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, recently spoke out against the recent ruling made by the Constitutional Court, which would have Mkhwebane pay a portion of legal fees for a case wherein many flaws appeared to have been made.
Mkhwebane claimed that, as Public Protector, she should have the same rights as a judge, the Sunday Times reported.
The SA Public Protector went on to say that this is something that the ConCourt overlooked in their recent ruling and that she should be granted “decisional independence”, just as court judges are given.
“The judges are guaranteed decisional independence, which means they can’t be made to pay personal costs for decisions or judgments they make, no matter how egregious … the Public Protector is guaranteed similar independence, something the Constitutional Court overlooked,” Mkhwebane said.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier this week that Mkhwbane’s future is up in the air after suffering a series of defeats in the SA ConCourt.
Mkhwebane was recently slapped with an estimated R900 000 bill for costs in her ABSA/Bankorp debacle, which saw the ConCourt ruling that the Public Protector had been biased in her investigation.
The controversial Public Protector has now claimed that this personal cost ruling from the ConCourt could have a negative effect on her office as it could encourage politicians engaged in illegal activities to eagerly involve the courts in investigations, in the hope that the Public Protector would end up paying some of their legal fees.
Briefly.co.za gleaned that Mkhwebane also said that the ConCourt ruling will not stop her from doing her work, even if it means she has to pay when her reports are challenged.
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