Mkhwebane's latest defeat: Judge delivers scathing ruling, more costs

Mkhwebane's latest defeat: Judge delivers scathing ruling, more costs

- The Public Protector has suffered yet another defeat in the legal arena, this time over her Estina report

- The High Court has ordered Busisiwe Mkhwebane to pay a portion of the costs relating to the report

- This comes after CASAC and the DA took the matter to court, dubbing the report a whitewash

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has not only suffered another court loss, but has been slapped with yet another bill.

Today saw the Pretoria High Court ruling that Mkhwebane should pay 85% of the legal costs involved in her Estina report, and an additional 7.5% in her personal capacity.

Judge Ronel Tolmay passed down a scathing ruling, finding that Mkhwebane had failed citizens in the way she handled her investigation, reports The Citizen.

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Tolmay found that the Public Protector had failed completely to institute her duties, turning a 'blind eye' when she opted not to probe the third complainant.

The judge says that the beneficiaries of the failed Gupta-linked project have been robbed of their opportunity to better their lives. reported earlier that the High Court had set aside Mkhwebane's report on the matter, with Tolmay finding that it had been unconstitutional and invalid.

Both the Democratic Alliance and CASAC had taken the Public Protector to task over the finding. The DA had argued that Mkhwebane had failed to probe political involvement in the matter. CASAC had also lamented the lack of findings against 'high-profile' politicians.

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