Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is taking a sabbatical leave of two-and-a-half months, which started last week Friday.
Her deputy, Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka, will hold the fort while she is away. Mkhwebane has been under mounting criticism after losing a number of cases, with many findings taken on review.
At the end of last year, the Pretoria High Court found that she had acted outside her jurisdiction and relied on a discredited report. The National Assembly has also launched a Parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office.
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This after a charge was laid by Accountability Now director Paul Hoffman in 2019. Her impending court appearance was made public after a copy of a summons, dated December 15, was leaked to the media.
The perjury charge relates to the Constitutional Court judgment that found Mkhwebane to be dishonest in her conduct in her Reserve Bank/Absa investigation. Mkhwebane is also facing a parliamentary inquiry brought by the opposition DA which may lead to her removal over a number of investigations, including the Absa/Reserve Bank matter, which she bungled.