- Busisiwe Mkhwebane's own lawyer claims that the Public Protector doesn't understand the basics of the legal system
- This is after Mkhwebane's legal team withdrew her opposition to a legal battle, something she claims went against her best interests
- While Mkhwebane seeks to have the move undone, her lawyer has dubbed it a waste of time
Busisiwe Mkhwebane is seeking to have a judgment rescinded, claiming that her lawyer had ignored her instructions when her opposition over the case was withdrawn.
Her lawyer, Advocate William Mokhari, now claims that SA's Public Protector doesn't know the basics of the legal system, adamant that he had acted in a bid to avoid a personal cost order against her.
Mkhwebane approached the High Court to have a judgement against her declared invalid and set aside, relating to a report on witness protection for two corruption whistleblowers.
The Public Protector claimed that her legal team had not acted on her orders when Mokhari withdrew her opposition over the case. This comes after Police Minister Bheki Cele was accused in Mkhwebane's report of failing to adequately protect whistleblowers.
News24 reports that Thabiso Zulu and Lesley Stuta had been witnesses in a multimillion-rand corruption probe.
Mkhwebane insists that her legal team had gone in the opposite direction when it backed down from the matter, while Mokhari is adamant that she would have inevitably lost.
The lawyer claims that the court would have dubbed the Public Protector vexatious and that withdrawing the case was the only option open to her. Mkhwebane's attempt to overturn the withdrawal, in his opinion, is a waste of time and a cost to taxpayers.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko has opted to take a leave of absence. This comes after her husband was accused of scoring a R125 million PPE tender amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Office of the Presidency confirmed that Diko's decision was prompted by the serious allegations against the couple.
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