Protector beating a dead horse: racing industry body
Phumelela Gaming accuses her of bias and bad faith in the latest round of a bitter fight over a huge costs order
SA’s largest horse-racing body has accused public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane of repeating arguments already rejected by the Constitutional Court in her efforts to avoid what could be the biggest personal costs order yet granted against her.
Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Ltd, President Cyril Ramaphosa and presidency director-general Cassius Lubisi are all fighting to have Mkhwebane’s order that Ramaphosa and parliament establish a new horse-racing regulatory body overturned in court.
While Ramaphosa and Lubisi say Mkhwebane’s remedial action seeks to unlawfully usurp the powers of both the president and parliament, Phumelela has accused Mkhwebane of acting with bias and “bad faith” – and says she must personally pay part of 25% of its legal costs in the case. ..