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Busisiwe Mkhwebane supporters raise R260,000 to pay her personal costs order

06 October 2016. President Jacob Zuma has appointed Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the new Public Protector. His office released a statement earlier Thursday morning, announcing the appointment. The decision was made on the recommendation of the National Assembly, Mkhwebane will serve for a period of seven years with effect from 15 October 2016.Picture: Moeletsi Mabe/ Sunday Times

Busisiwe Mkhwebane supporters raise R260,000 to pay her personal costs order

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has revealed that she has paid a Constitutional Court personal costs order thanks to R260,000 raised by members of the public. Mkhwebane revealed this during a presentation to parliament’s justice and correctional services portfolio committee on Saturday.

Last year, the Constitutional Court upheld a judgment that Mkhwebane should personally pay costs for the case involving the SA Reserve Bank.“The personal costs order has been paid up and again that shows the issue of the public paying for my costs because I have been doing the public work, to defend the public,” said Mkhwebane

Mkhwebane thanked those who contributed to the amount but she said she was not involved in the collection of the money.“I only informed the people who were collecting the money that ‘this is the bill I have received’, and they paid the R260,000 which has been owed,” said Mkhwebane.

The payment came after an organisation called Democracy in Action started crowdfunding to pay Mkhwebane’s bill. During the presentation, Mkhwebane further defended her office over the amount of money it spends defending matters in court. She had been asked by MPs about the money spent on legal fees.

“I must indicate that it’s a concern for me … that this is portrayed that this institution is the only institution that is facing litigation.“All other institutions which are also accounting to this particular committee also do have challenges of their matters being taken on review,” said Mkhwebane.

She said the department of justice spent over R1bn in litigation while the Special Investigative Unit spent R21m. Mkhwebane said her office defends matters that have an impact on the mandate of the public protector.



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