Despite postponement, Mkhwebane looking forward to ruling in perjury matter

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Thursday morning where the NPA requested more time to deliberate over the merit of her representations seeking the three counts of perjury she’s facing to be quashed.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 25 March 2021. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - While it was the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) that requested a postponement, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was happy that a decision regarding her application for perjury charges against her to be dropped would be reached soon.

She made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Thursday morning where the NPA requested more time to deliberate over the merit of her representations seeking the three counts of perjury she’s facing to be quashed.

READ: Mkhwebane’s perjury case postponed to June

The public prosecuting authority has accused Mkhwebane of lying under oath in November 2017 and in April 2018 about the number of meetings and discussions she had with former President Jacob Zuma.

Her legal counsel, led by Advocate Dali Mpofu, said that she might seek a review of the NPA’s decision.

Mkhwebane's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, explained the lengthy postponement.

"The reason for that long period is to provide an opportunity to review in the event that the NPA is of the view that the matter should proceed and the understanding is that that is enough time for us to get the outcome of that should they get to that point."

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