- Busisiwe Mkhwebane has claimed that she has been subjected to a smear campaign as a result of her investigations into high-profile politicians
- The Public Protector has even accused judges of discriminating against her personally in their rulings, instead of presiding over the matter in a fair manner
- Mkhwebane is now calling for judges to be personally liable for costs if their rulings are overturned, similar to the recent ruling in one of her botched reports
Busisiwe Mkhwebane claims that she is suffering from an orchestrated plan to discredit her reputation, something she feels is a result of her investigations into 'untouchables'.
Speaking to EWN, the Public Protector slammed the judges who had passed down less than favourable rulings, claiming that they should 'play the ball, not the person'.
Mkhwebane has lost a string of cases in court recently, with judges raising concerns over her credibility and even her understanding of the law.
This is something that Mkhwebane feels is unfair, adamant that the rulings were part of a conspiracy:
“The smear campaign. They are trying to discredit me, deal with me, trying to show others that these are untouchables. It’s stooping very low. It’s character assassination. I mean, how do you write a front-page cover and say the enemy of the state."
Mkhwebane claims that the 'attack' had started when she began investigating the SARS 'rogue unit'. But the Public Protector says she is at peace:
“In the midst of all that is happening, being a prayerful woman, I am well, I am at peace. I am here for the South African public, I don’t have interests of my own.”
Mkhwebane has also accused the justices at the Constitutional Court of joining in this smear campaign after they set aside her report on the ABSA/Bankorp matter:
“How do you say I acted in bad faith when I gave all the notes to you? How do you say I was dishonest? They never wanted to hear my side of the story, they just took the story of the Reserve Bank."
Briefly.co.za reported that the court had found her personally liable for 15% of the Reserve Bank's legal fees.
The Public Protector has since called for judges to be subjected to similar treatment when their rulings are set aside, holding them personally liable for the costs involved.
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