CR17 slapdown may prove fatal for other Mkhwebane reports

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CR17 slapdown may prove fatal for other Mkhwebane reports

ANALYSIS | Ruling on Cyril’s remedial action could set a very damaging precedent for the public protector

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The bruising judgment that invalidated public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s politically damaging findings against President Cyril Ramaphosa will sound a death knell for her chances of defending several of her most controversial reports – if it stands.

The Pretoria High Court has found that Mkhwebane was legally obligated to provide Ramaphosa with a chance to respond to the far-reaching remedial action she ordered against him. This is in relation to her findings that the president had deliberately lied to parliament about a Bosasa donation to his CR17 campaign and her contention that the CR17 campaign may be embroiled in money-laundering, before she released her report.

Ramaphosa, like public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, former Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride and Phumelela Gaming, argued in his court challenge to Mkhwebane’s report on his CR17 campaign that she acted unlawfully by not granting him such a hearing...

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