The Office of the Public Protector has insisted that Busisiwe Mkhwebane's court losses are not a sign of incompetence. A warning from her predecessor, Thuli Madonsela, predicted that a Constitutional Court ruling would be both a blessing and a curse.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela warned that the ruling passed down by the nation's apex court would serve to be problematic for her successors.
EWN reports that the ruling had confirmed a Public Protector's remedial action is binding unless set aside by the courts.
Now Busisiwe Mkhwebane has suffered a string of losses in the legal arena, but her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe insists that it is not a sign of incompetence:
"If you look at the last annual report that Advocate Madonsela put out, that judgment by the Constitutional Court was both a gift and a curse – a gift in the sense it clarified the Public Protector’s powers but a curse because we get bogged down in all these things."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhwebane had lost her legal battle with President Cyril Ramaphosa, when the High Court found that he had complied with her remedial action.
Segalwe feels that the president's defence had sent out mixed signals, commenting that:
"The president, on the one hand, wanted it to be declared that he complied with the remedial action and by the same token, he then says that the court must suspend the implementation of the remedial action."
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