Again Public Protector Lost Estina Farm Project With Cost
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Date
: 2019-08-15 14:07:48


More woes for the Public Protector came in the form of a ruling of the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, which found that her office as well as she is responsible for some of the legal costs in her personal capacity in the Vrede dairy farm matter. Judge Ronel Tolmay ordered that the Public Protector's office must pay 85% of the costs of DA on an attorney and client scale. It must also pay 85% of the costs of Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac).

Busisiwe Mkhwebane must pay 7.5% of the costs of the DA and 7.5% of the costs of Casac in her personal capacity. In her ruling, judge Ronel Tolmay said the Public Protector failed the people of the country in the way she dealt with her investigation in the Estina dairy farm matter. She said Mkhwebane failed completely to institute her constitutional duties but instead turned a "blind eye" when she failed to investigate the third complainant. Tolmay said beneficiaries of the Estina dairy farm were deprived of their one chance to create a better life for themselves.

In May this year, Tolmay found that advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report was unconstitutional and invalid and set it aside. The court found that she failed in her duties to investigate and report on the Free State project and reserved judgment on costs.


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