- Busisiwe Mkhwebane has revealed that her R260 000 bill for her costs order has been paid
- Her supporters raised the money through crowdfunding
- She defended her department's spending on legal fees
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Busisiwe Mkhwebane has paid her R260 000 costs order to the Constitutional Court through donations from her supporters.
She told Parliament on Saturday during a presentation to the justice and correctional services portfolio committee how she raised the money to pay for her costs order.
The Constitutional Court maintained that Mkhwebane must pay the costs order and personally pay for the case which involved the South African Reserve Bank.
“The personal costs order has been paid up and again that shows the issue of the public paying for my costs because I have been doing the public work, to defend the public,” said Mkhwebane.
Briefly.co.za learned that she thanked her supporters who helped raise the money and said that she had not been involved at all in the collection on the funds.
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“I only informed the people who were collecting the money that ‘this is the bill I have received’, and they paid the R260,000 which has been owed,” said Mkhwebane.
Democracy in Action paid her costs order and raised the money through a crowdfunding initiative according to The Sowetan Live.
She responded to questions as to why her department was spending so much on legal fees.
“I must indicate that it’s a concern for me ... that this is portrayed that this institution is the only institution which is facing litigation.
“All other institutions which are also accounting to this particular committee also do have challenges of their matters being taken on review,” said Mkhwebane.
She revealed that the Department of Justice spent over R1bn in legal fees. She defended her department's legal fees saying that they are related to matters that affect her department.
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