Who's Busisiwe Mkhwebane? 5 Facts about the embattled Public Protector

Who's Busisiwe Mkhwebane? 5 Facts about the embattled Public Protector

Since Busisiwe Mkhwebane's appointment as the Public Protector in 2016, she has been plagued with controversies.

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In 2016, Busisiwe Mkhwebane took over from Thuli Madonsela as the public protector of South Africa.

Since her appointment, Mkhwebane has been in the spotlight numerous times. Last month, Briefly.co.za reported Seswantsho Lebeya, Hawks boss, has confirmed that the unit is currently probing Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

This comes after charges were laid by Accountability Now's advocate, Paul Hoffman. The scrutiny has not yet been lifted off the Public Protector and the country is divided on support for her.

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In light of her popularity in the media, Briefly.co.za decided to take a closer look at Mkhwebane.

Here are five facts about the current Public Protector:

1. Early life

She was born Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane in Bethal, Mpumalanga, in 2 February, 1970.

2. Education

Mkhwebane attended the Mkhephula Secondary School where she matriculated in 1988. She went on to obtain a BProc followed by an LLB from the University of Limpopo.

She then studied towards a diploma in corporate law and a higher diploma in tax at the University of Johannesburg - previously known as the Rand Afrikaans University.

Mkhwebane went on to obtain her Masters in Business Leadership at Unisa in 2019.

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3. The beginning of her career

Mkhwebane kick started her career in law in 1994, where she worked as a Public Prosecutor at the Department of Justice.

4. Appointment as the Public Protector

In October 2016, Mkhwebane was appointed as the Public Protector, succeeding Thuli Madonsela. Mkhwebane revealed during her appointment that she had a close relationship with then President Jacob Zuma.

5. Battle with Ramaphosa

Since taking over as the Public Protector, Mkhwebane and the President of South Africa have been battling. She was in a showdown with Cyril Ramaphosa over the decision to force him to take action against Pravin Gordhan.

Mkhwebane also filed a controversial report into the alleged improper BOSASA donation to the ANC presidential election campaign of Ramaphosa.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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