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Public Protector's remedial action to change Sarb mandate set aside

The High Court in Pretoria has set aside the Public Protector’s remedial action to change SARB mandate.

FILE: Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has set aside the Public Protector’s remedial action to amend the Constitution and change the Reserve Bank's mandate.

The court found Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane failed in her duties which had a severe impact on the economy and the reputation of her office.

Mkhwebane released her report into the so-called Bankorp lifeboat in June.

While she initially defended her remedial action she later conceded and withdrew opposition to the reserve bank’s review application.

Judge John Murphy found Mkhwebane’s remedial action violated the doctrine of separation of powers because it instructed parliament to act and was therefore unconstitutional.

He further found that Mkhwebane applied superficial reasoning and made erroneous findings.

Murphy found the public protector’s conduct was procedurally unfair because she amended the scope of the investigation and remedial action without any notice to the affected parties.

The judge found Mkhwebane failed in her duty in this regard, which had severely damaging consequences for the economy and the reputation of her own office.