- The Public Protector is in shock after the high court set her report aside
- Her report's remedial action had wanted ABSA to pay back over R1-billion dating back to an apartheid-era bailout
- Her office has promised to study the report before deciding what action to take
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Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that she is shocked by the judgement issued against her report by the High Court in Pretoria.
The report had ordered ABSA to pay over R1-billion. ABSA, the Reserve Bank and Treasury had challenged that the report was procedurally unfair and rested on material errors of fact and law.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mkhwebane's report had investigated an apartheid-era bailout which she reported must be paid back to the government. In an about turn, Mkhwebane claimed that her remedial action was only a recommendation according to ewn.co.za.
Mkhwebane had also met with Black Land First (BLF) who wanted ABSA to pay back the money. She had refused to meet with ABSA before releasing the report.
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Her office released a statement saying that it would study the report and decide on a course of action thereafter.
Spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana said: “The Public Protector indicated that she's shocked and she’s still studying the judgement and will reveal her reasons in due course.”
The court had awarded costs to ABSA, 15% of which must be paid personally by Mkhwebane and the remaining 85% by her office.
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