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Mkhwebane defence says Reserve Bank waging campaign for her removal

The Reserve Bank has sought a declaratory order that advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane abused her office and breached the Constitution.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - The Public Protector has accused the Reserve Bank of waging a campaign to discredit her in order to pave the way for her to be removed from office.

The Reserve Bank has sought a declaratory order that advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane abused her office and breached the Constitution.

The central bank, Absa and Treasury have taken the Public Protector report on the apartheid-era Bankorp bailout on review.

Advocate Paul Kennedy has argued that if the court should find that Mkhwebane conducted herself unfairly, it should set aside her report, but not find she abused her office.

“The court is here to decide the case that was properly ventilated on the paper and will view negatively, critically any attempt to now transform it into something which has now become the most unfortunate and inappropriate attack on the integrity of the Public Protector.”

Kennedy says the Reserve Bank’s approach has revealed a sinister motive.

“To prepare the ground for presumably the removal of this individual who occupies the office of Public Protector.”

Kennedy says Mkhwebane acted in good faith.