The Justice Portfolio Committee has accused Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane of misleading Parliament. Last month Mkhwebane told the committee that she never met with former President Jacob Zuma before releasing her CIEX report into ABSA-Bankcorp.

One of the Public Protector’s recommendations in the report was for the Reserve Bank to be nationalised.

Members of Parliament pointed Mkhwebane to court papers which reveal that she has omitted to disclose her meeting with Zuma.

“Why would you hide the fact that you have met with the president? Why would you not meet with ABSA if the need existed? Why would you not meet with any ministers before the adverse findings are made? Because the constitution says your office is there to support democracy,” said Chairperson Mathole Motshekga, who led the charge.