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Criticism of Public Protector is misplaced, says advocate

Absa, the Reserve Bank and Treasury have taken the report on review in the High Court in Pretoria.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

PRETORIA - The Public Protector has rejected claims that she conducted herself in a procedurally unfair manner in her handling of the investigation of the apartheid-era Bankorp bailout.

Absa, the South African Reserve Bank and National Treasury have taken the report on review in the High Court in Pretoria.

Among the grounds for review is that Busisiwe Mkhwebane was unfair to the parties for not offering them a right of reply before the final report was released.

Advocate Paul Kennedy says that while Mkhwebane made findings, her report did not make any final determinations.

“That was findings in order to set into motion further steps to be taken by various parties. So after the Public Protector has her say, then it was over to the SIU to do something.”

He says it is for this reasons that criticism of the Public Protector is misplaced.

“The standards of procedural fairness in relation to the final adjudication to resolve the issue of the determination of rights and obligations, the standards applicable to that do not, we resubmit, apply.”

The matter continues on Thursday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)