Time to go, OUTA tells Public Protector

Concourt judgment is the end of the road for Advocate Mkhwebane

22/07/2019 10:07:28

Time to go, OUTA tells Public Protector

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) calls on Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to take the necessary steps to vacate the office of the Public Protector immediately.

“The Concourt judgment against her is damning. She can no longer continue in that role,” says Advocate Stefanie Fick, OUTA’s Head of Legal Affairs.

“Her pushback against accountability measures by Parliament further underlines her lack of understanding of her role.”

This morning the Constitutional Court found Mkhwebane to have acted in bad faith, found that her entire model of investigation was flawed and that she was not honest, and ordered her to pay the punitive personal costs order originally ordered by the High Court. She must now personally pay 15% of the South African Reserve Bank’s costs in the High Court case in which the Bank challenged her report on the Bankorp investigation.

In June, OUTA petitioned Parliament calling for an inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office as Public Protector due to the court judgments against her. 

OUTA is a proudly South African civil action organisation, that is purely crowd funded. Our work is supported by ordinary citizens who are passionate about holding government accountable and ensuring our taxes are used to the benefit of all South Africans.