- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has refused to heed calls for her resignation from a variety of parties
- Whilst being interviewed on national television she said she planned to remain in her position until the end of her term in 2023
- Her reports on the Absa/CIEX matter and Estina dairy farm have been criticised as being soft
As determined as President Jacob Zuma and his supporters once were about his seeing out the end of his term of office, he is now no longer president. However, Public Prosecutor Busisiwe Mkhwebane has said she is determined to stay in her position and is going nowhere until the end of her term in 2023.
Briefly.co.za learned that she spoke frankly in a recent television interview where she took pains to point out that although she is being criticised for some of her more high profile reports, most of the reports were were about "bread and butter matters", and that people did not read those reports, instead focusing on the ones that attract a lot of attention.
She has called the citicisms of her reports as “being soft” false pointing towards her Nelson Mandela funeral investigation as an example of where he office is making an impact. The report on the Mandela funeral brought to light that officials had stolen funds reserved for the funeral.
Meanwhile, despite her insistence that she is completely independent, there have been a few threats to her independence including the recent cost award against her in the Absa case by the Pretoria High Court which also set aside her recommendations that the bank pay back the state for a loan illegally granted to the bank’s predecessor by the apartheid government to the amount of R1.1Billion.
The court found that she did not completely understand her constitutional duty to be unbiased and to carry out her functions without fear, favour or prejudice by not informing the court of meetings that she had with the Presidency about the Absa matter.
Meanwhile various civil organisations feel that Mkhwebane's adequacy for office is in question. She has also been accused of being too close with former President Jacob Zuma and that the closeness influenced her reports and recommendations, accusations she denies as also being false.
She has complained that her office is underfunded and that this had been something that the previous Public Protector complained about.
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