- Insiders claim that the Public Protector decided not to challenge Cyril Ramaphosa's interdict against her Bosassa report because she didn't want to suffer another legal defeat
- This comes after a recent ruling held her personally liable to pay a portion of the costs
- Ramaphosa's application will be heard next week
Busisiwe Mkhwebane reportedly decided not to oppose Cyril Ramaphosa's interdict against her Bosasa report because she did not want another negative High Court ruling against her.
This is according to insiders.
The urgent application brought by the president is set to be heard on Monday.
Ramaphosa's application comes in response to Mkhwebane's finding that the president misled Parliament regarding the Bosasa payment made to his election campaign, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
However, Ramaphosa argues that the Public Protector did not give him an opportunity to respond to her finding because she released her report in July, according to IOL.
Earlier this week, a spokesperson for Mkhwebane said that the Public Protector would not be challenging Ramaphosa's application. However, the spokesperson insisted that this did not mean that Mkhwebane was backing down.
Now, sources have told IOL that Mkhwebane's recent legal defeat - as well as the fact that she was ordered to personally pay some of the costs - may have been a factor in her decision not to oppose the president's application.
Judge Sulet Potterill ruled in favour of Pravin Gordhan in his matter with the Public Protector and ordered that Mkhwebane be liable to pay costs to the tune of R900 000.
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