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SCA dismisses Mkhwebane's bid to appeal ruling on Vrede Dairy Farm report

Casac's Lawson Naidoo said that they weren't surprised by the latest ruling against the Public Protector.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been dealt another legal blow, this time on the Vrede Dairy Farm matter.

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed her application for leave to appeal a ruling on her report looking into the scandal.

The High Court in Pretoria last year declared the report unconstitutional and invalid.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane can add yet another ruling to the growing list of judgments handed down against her findings.

In the latest legal setback, the Supreme Court of Appeal has found that there are no reasonable prospects of success in overturning an order by the High Court in Pretoria, which set her report on the Vrede Dairy Farm matter aside.

Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said that she’d been left in the dark.

"We don't have a judgment but the other parties have a copy thereof and are tweeting about it, which we find very unfair."

A copy of the ruling was posted on social media by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac), which along with the Democratic Alliance (DA) had brought the matter before the courts.

Casac's Lawson Naidoo said that they weren't surprised by the latest ruling against the Public Protector.

"The High Court found great frailties in the Public Protector's report and therefore set it aside as being irrational and therefore unconstitutional and we've always believed that there was no basis from which the Public Protector could lodge an appeal."

Earlier this month, the High Court also ruled against Mkhwebane’s finding that police must offer protection to two KwaZulu-Natal whistleblowers.

Before that, she had lost a Constitutional Court bid to overturn a ruling on the Sars "rogue unit" matter among other judgments against her rulings.

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