ConCourt Says Public Protector Mkhwebane Has No Case Against CR17

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The Constitutional Court on Wednesday dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s application to revoke its judgment on her CR17 report, saying “no case has been made out for rescission”.

Mkhwebane’s initial report on the CR17 campaign and adverse findings were taken on review, which the high court set aside on the grounds that the public protector had “reached an irrational and unlawful conclusion on the facts before her”.

The Constitutional Court also upheld the finding.

Mkhwebane then unsuccessfully applied for rescission of that decision to the Constitutional Court, which dismissed the matter with costs.

In the findings that have been set aside, Mkwebane’s report published in July 2019 found that President Cyril Ramaphosa had misled Parliament about a R500 000 donation made to his CR17 campaign by the now late Gavin Watson then CEO of Bosasa.