Mkhwebane gets sponsored on-the-job training. Nice!

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Mkhwebane gets sponsored on-the-job training. Nice!

The public protector will find comfort in the reminder that the justice system does not ‘crush’, but rather ‘teaches’, people

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You know it’s going to be a difficult week when the highlight of your Monday is the chief justice of South Africa pronouncing that you are merely conventionally terrible at your job rather than criminally incompetent.

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, however, is determined to look on the bright side of life, and says she is “encouraged” by Mogoeng Mogoeng’s minority judgment, in which he disagreed with his Constitutional Court colleagues that Mkhwebane should pay almost R1m in legal fees incurred by the Reserve Bank in the Absa/Bankorp matter.

I mean, yes, the other two judges did use words and phrases like “falsehoods”, “abused her office”, “misrepresentation under oath” and “not honest”. And yes, Mogoeng himself wrote that “it baffles me that she was unable to explain herself even with the benefit of legal representation” and that “the public protector got the law completely wrong”...

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