Corpse goes missing at Bara Hospital

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found maladministration and improper conduct by Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after it failed to report the death of a man and loss of his corpse. The Public Protector on Monday released a report into allegations of maladministration and improper conduct by the hospital after a Gauteng family has still not […]

Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s bid to appeal judgment on Ivan Pillay pension fails

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s application for leave to appeal a judgment on former South African Revenue Service (SARS) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s pension package. It has also dismissed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Pillay’s applications for a cross-appeal in so far as the court found against […]

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to decide on next move after another court defeat

No decision has been taken on whether or not Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will challenge her latest loss in the North Gauteng High Court. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court – Judges Elizabeth Kubushi, Mpostoli Twala and Norman Davis – dismissed with costs Mkhwebane’s appeal of their December ruling reviewing and setting […]

Busisiwe Mkhwebane loses bid to appeal judgment on Ivan Pillay’s early retirement

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, ex-acting SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Ivan Pillay and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane have all lost their bid to overturn the North Gauteng High Court ruling on Pillay’s early retirement. A full bench of the high court – Judges Elizabeth Kubushi, Mpostoli Twala and Norman Davis – dismissed Mkhwebane’s appeal […]

Altecia Kortje case: Bellville Magistrates Court cleared of improper conduct

The Bellville Magistrates Court has been cleared by the Office of the Public Protector of improper conduct or maladministration after not processing a protection order for a Cape Town mother. This follows claims that Altecia Kortje was turned away when she tried to apply for the order against her boyfriend and father of her children […]

Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s perjury case postponed to June

Embattled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will only find out in June whether she will face trial on charges of perjury. This is after Mkhwebane made a brief appearance on Thursday in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on three counts of perjury. The case relates to her investigation into the Absa/Bankorp matter in which she is accused […]

Public Protector and SAHRC to continue engaging with Minister Nzimande on student funding

The Office of the Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday said Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande was receptive to their interventions on the challenges facing institutions of higher learning. Acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka and the SAHRC met virtually with Nzimande on Tuesday evening to discuss the challenges in […]

DA calls for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to be suspended

The Democratic Alliance wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to suspend Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane pending the outcome of an investigation into her fitness to hold office. An independent panel report has indicated that there is prima facie evidence that Mkhwebane committed misconduct, was incapacitated or was incompetent. On Tuesday, MPs have voted in favour of establishing […]

Parliament votes in favour of inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s removal

Parliament has voted in support of a motion on an inquiry to decide on the removal of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The motion was initiated by the DA. During a National Assembly sitting on Tuesday, 275 MPs voted in support of the motion and 40 members objected. Speaker Thandi Modise said the matter will now […]

Acting public protector to meet Minister Blade Nzimande over student protests

Acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka is expected to meet virtually with Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday evening. This comes amid student protests at various institutions over financial exclusion and the scrapping of historical debt. The Office of Public Protector said the meeting between advocate Gcaleka and Nzimande is part of mediation […]