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SA: Accountability Now calls on Legal Practice Council to discipline the Public Protector

Following the handing down of the judgment of the Constitutional Court in the matter between the Public Protector and the SA Reserve Bank, Accountability Now has written to the Legal Practice Council to draw attention to the findings of dishonesty, perjury and incompetence against the Public Protector and to enquire as to the taking of disciplinary proceedings against her as an advocate of the High Court.

Below is the email that Accountability Now director, Paul Hoffman SC, sent to the Legal Practice Council:

Dear LPC,

We assume that the Legal Practice Council will take note of the findings of the Constitutional Court in the matter between the Public Protector and the SA Reserve Bank in which judgment was handed down this morning: http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZACC/2019/29.html.

There are serious, final and unappealable findings reflecting on the honesty, integrity and competence of the Public Protector, who is a duly admitted advocate of the High Court.

Kindly confirm that the Council is looking into the matter with a view to bringing an application for the striking off the roll of advocates of Ms Mkhwebane as part of its legislated disciplinary functions. We have copied her on this email.

As you know, it is intolerable that an officer of the court should be found to be lying on oath. Our highest court has so found in respect of Ms Mkhwebane. Her response that the judgment of the court creates a bad precedent is contemptuous of the court and does her no credit.

Issued by Accountability Now by Catalyst Communications 

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