Public Protector's office: Mkhwebane didn’t misinterpret law

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she has decided not to defend her findings on the central bank mandate in court.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Public Protector’s office says Busisiwe Mkhwebane did not misinterpret the law when she initially asked Parliament to amend the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy.

Mkhwebane says she's decided not to defend her findings on the central bank mandate in court.

She’s conceded in court papers that she never had the constitutional or statutory powers to ask Parliament to change the reserve bank’s policies.

But her spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana says that the issue is simply a technicality.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called on Mkhwebane to do the honourable thing and to step down.

The Democratic Alliance is also considering asking Parliament to remove her.