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Flouting constitutional duties will not be tolerated

The judgment handed down yesterday against the public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, in the case of ABSA Bank and Others v the Public Protector and Others, is profoundly significant for a number of reasons. Christine Botha of the Centre for Constitutional Rights unpacks the significance of yesterday’s judgment, reminds us of the events leading up to Read more >

Public protector Mkhwebane under fire

When asked in a recent interview how it makes her feel to see and hear mainstream and social media commentary referring to her office as not being independent, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane simply replied: “It is easy for people to say that, when they have not heard the other side of the story.” She was Read more >

100 days: Public Protector to expand access to services

A negative media image and political scoring at the expense of the credibility of her office are the only challenges keeping Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane awake at night. As for everything else, she has competent staff and the country’s sound legislative framework to guide her office through its tough mandate. It is with this attitude Read more >

Mkhwebane: I will not ignore high-profile cases

Claims that she will no longer focus on high-profile cases are simply not true, said Public Protector Busi Mkhwebane at her first media briefing today. “One of my priorities is to bring the services of our office to grassroots level. I want to make it possible for an African child in a small village to Read more >

Profile of a public protector

What values and attributes would you like to see in your next public protector? Many South Africans would not struggle in answering this question. This is partly because the public profile of the incumbent, Thuli Madonsela, has been raised broadly over the past few years, thanks to controversial issues investigated by her team as well Read more >

Bua Mzansi gets public involved

Corruption Watch today launched a mass public awareness and mobilisation campaign, Bua Mzansi, in a bid to ensure that the Office of the Public Protector remains a safely guarded cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy when the new public protector takes office later this year. The launch took place at Constitution Hill, the seat of South Read more >

Corruption Watch joins EFF and DA as amicus in Nkandla matter

Corruption Watch has been granted leave to intervene as amicus curiae or a friend of the court in the EFF and DA’s application to enforce the public protector’s findings in the Nkandla report. The organisation’s primary interest in this matter is in respect of compliance by state officials and the president with the public protector’s Read more >

Launch of public protector campaign: Bua Mzansi

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Office of the Public Protector, as a key Chapter Nine institution, performs a critical function in protecting and supporting democracy in South Africa. The nomination and selection of a new public protector this year, to replace Thuli Madonsela, who ends her term of office on 19 October 2016, presents an opportunity to Read more >