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Court rejects Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report on Oscar Mabuyane

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – The Eastern Cape high court has set aside with costs and invalidated Public Protector’s report and recommendations against premier Oscar Mabuyane and former public works MEC Babalo Madikizela on Tuesday.

This comes after the Mkhwebane’s report found in 2021 that Mabuyane and Madikizela improperly benefited from a portion of the R1.1 million of Mbizana municipal funds meant for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s memorial in 2018.

After finding criminal intent by the two ANC leaders, including contraventions of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, the PP’s office indicated that it had referred the matter to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) for criminal investigation.

At the time of the alleged intent, Mabuyane was the MEC for economic development, environmental affairs and tourism.

According to Judge Jannie Eksteen, the report by Mkhwebanewas “inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.”

Mkhwebane is currently suspended as Public Protector by President Cyril Ramaphosa and facing impeachment proceedings.

Meanwhile, former MEC Madikizela said that he welcomed the judgement adding that he had always maintained that the report by Mkhwebane was flawed and inconsistent with the laws of the country.

Current premier of Eastern Cape, Mabuyane indicated that he felt vindicated by the decision of the court.

“It is my belief that the decision of the public protector was not justice or rule of law but it was about politics.

“It was intended to force the implementation of the step aside rule such that I am removed from.active politics,” said Mabuyane.

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