JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector has again stated her opponents are trying to bankrupt her to remove her from her office.
Mkhwebane spoke to University of South Africa law students at the seventh annual spring law conference in Johannesburg.
She said judicial reviews of her reports are being weaponised to measure her competence.
Mkhwebane stated she will not be intimidated into backing off.
“Whereas ordinarily the review, like an appeal, is an opportunity for an aggrieved party to approach another form... But unfortunately, it is currently being used as a weapon or as a yardstick to measure the competence of the public protector”, said Mkhwebane
She said personal costs orders handed down against her may be part of a strategy to force her out of office.
“It’s difficult to remove the public protector so the only way is to bankrupt her and make her unfit to hold that office. Possibly, that's the way that it’s being done, using the courts to do that. All I can say is that I will continue doing my work without fear or favour, and if I perish, I perish.
The Public Protector said she will sue leaders who have accused her of being used as a loaded gun in a political fight.