Personal cost orders set dangerous precedent: Mkhwebane

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says making her foot legal bills has set a dangerous precedent.

Mkhwebane was speaking in Parliament where she presented her annual report.

In August, the Constitutional Court told her to pay 15 percent of the Reserve Bank's legal fees from her own purse.

INFOGRAPHIC: Mkhwebane's court battles

That was after she lost an attempt to compel Absa to repay an apartheid-era bailout.

In the same month, the North Gauteng High Court ordered Mkhwebane to pay some of the legal fees of the DA and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution.

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The two parties successfully applied to have Mkhwebane's report on the Vrede dairy farm project reviewed and set aside.

"I am still of the opinion that this is creating a lot of precedents because a lot of people who are lodging those reviews, they are using that route now to say there must be a personal cost over public protection," said Mkhwebane.


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