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Lessons learnt for Mkhwebane after Absa-Bankorp matter

The Public Protector faced questions about the matter during a meeting with Parliament’s Justice Portfolio Committee on Thursday.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who’s accused of bungling an investigation report into the Absa-Bankorp matter, has told Members of Parliament (MPs) the experience has taught her lessons she’ll use in future.

In her controversial report, Mkhwebane directed Parliament to initiate steps to change the Reserve Bank’s mandate following a probe into Absa’s apartheid-era bailout.

The report was challenged in court and her remedial action, relating to the Reserve Bank’s mandate, has since been set aside by the High Court in Pretoria.

Mkhwebane faced questions about the matter during a meeting with Parliament’s Justice Portfolio Committee on Thursday, in which she presented her annual report.

Although Mkhwebane has backed down on her proposal that the constitutional mandate of the Reserve Bank be changed, MPs wanted to know what informed her initial decision.

“I explained that it was not my intention to be instructive in that particular remedial action and it was not the intention to instruct Parliament to amend the Constitution. The intention was to recommend that this needs to be looked into.”

Mkhwebane says all future reports will have to be properly checked by a lawyer.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)