Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she hopes the Constitutional Court will judge her application on its merits and will not be swayed by what she claims are personal biases.
Mkhwebane is challenging the apex court’s ruling that sets aside her report on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign. She says the legal challenge is to protect the integrity of the Public Protector’s office.
Mkhwebane applied on Friday to the court for a rescission of the ruling. She says she hopes the court can act in the interest of justice.
“I will always remain hopeful but to be honest a lot of the judgments and comments that have been made they’ve made me reach a point where I am worried about the justice system of the country. And I am hopeful that they will consider the merits of the issue, nothing personal.”
Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Constitutional Court’s CR17 campaign ruling:
EFF leader vows to unseal CR17 statements through courts
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has vowed to lodge a direct appeal with the Constitutional Court to unseal the CR17 bank statements. The High Court in Pretoria dismissed the case with costs earlier this month.
However, speaking during his party’s 8th anniversary on Monday, Malema claimed the refusal to unseal the documents was akin to capture of the judiciary.
Malema said it was amazing to hear the court say Ramaphosa’s ascendency to power was not in the public interest. He has also claimed that people who supported the president’s bid to lead the ANC at its 2017 national conference are now beneficiaries of state tenders.
“We must speak against the decision to refuse to unseal the CR17 documents by the North Gauteng High Court as an exhibition as a possible capture of the judiciary. The court has given no reasonable explanation as to why the president’s ascendency to power is not in the public interest. What type of a judge can say don’t unseal these documents even when there are allegations that there are names of judges in those documents. We want to guarantee you South Africans everybody who donated money into CR17 none of them has received a tender of less than 300 million all of them,” says Malema.
EFF leader vows to unseal CR17 statements through courts: