If this was the only judgment against the Public Protector's reports, one might be entitled to consider that this was an aberration.
Sadly, this is not the first time that a court has made a similar finding, writes Serjeant at the Bar The latest judicial excoriation of the Public Protector, this time by a Full Bench of the Gauteng High Court compels one question to be answered: how in a country which so desperately needs to curb corruption in State administration can so important an office continue to be held by a person who has been found yet again to have incurred a series of calamitous errors as the court found in respect of Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane? This decision followed an investigation by the Public Protector of a payment of R500 000 made into an account allegedly for the benefit of the son of President Ramaphosa. President Ramaphosa was asked about this payment by the then leader of the official opposition Mr Mmusi Maimane.
A week after his initial answer Mr Ramaphosa wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly stating that he initially provided incorrect information in response to Mr Maimane’s question and that the payment of R500 000 had been made on behalf of Mr Gavin Watson (of Bosasa infamy) to the CR17 Campaign.