Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane in Concourt to reverse North Gauteng High Court order on personal costs
The High Court directed, at the instance of the SA Reserve Bank, that the Public Protector pay 15% of the costs of the Reserve Bank’s review application for the setting aside of her Report in which she had recommended, among other things, that the Reserve Bank recover from ABSA Bank over a Billion Rand that it had given to Bankorp as a “lifeboat”. Bankorp has since been acquired by ABSA Bank. The Public Protector is one of only 6 institutions created in terms of chapter 9 of the Constitution with the stated purpose of “strengthening constitutional democracy in the Republic”. This is argument at the Constitutional Court where the Public Protector seeks to have that order set aside as being unwarranted and in any event undesirable & inappropriate given the constitutional mandate of the Public Protector.