Mkhwebane left red-faced after serving wrong subpoena to wrong bank

Mkhwebane left red-faced after serving wrong subpoena to wrong bank

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has served the wrong bank with the wrong subpoena

- Mkhwebane had been investigating President Cyril Ramaphosa's BOSASA debacle when the incident took place

- This has raised some awkward questions over the Public Protector's conduct at a time when her failures are in the spotlight

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The Mail & Guardian has revealed that Busisiwe Mkhwebane botched serving a subpoena in her investigation into Ramaphosa's R500 000 BOSASA donation.

The Public Protector apparently served Absa a subpoena originally intended for FNB, with both banks alerting her office to the mix-up.

Mkhwebane's office had also attempted to email the subpoena through to the wrong bank, but failed to get the correct email address.

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Thanduxolo Jika, the investigative editor for M&G, commented on the mix-up, saying that:

"A subpoena must be sent to a person, a person must sign a receipt for it. From the face of all these errors, how can an Absa subpoena end up with FNB and vice versa? Surely we should have better systems than that. These errors go back to the fact that findings are being made by the courts." reported that Busisiwe Mkhwebane had suffered another court loss yesterday, this time with the judge finding that she had turned a 'blind eye' to the plight of the beneficiaries in her botched Estina report.

The Public Protector's office has now been ordered to fork over the majority of the costs in the matter, with Mkhwebane personally liable for 7.5%.

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