Public Protector ordered to pay costs for Estina report

By Doug Mattushek - 15 August 2019Views : 791

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been ordered by the courts to pay the vast majority of the cost for her much-criticised Estina Dairy Farm report.

Judge Roney Tolmay didn't hold back in her ruling in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday, claiming Mkhwebane’s transgressions in this case were worse than the Reserve Bank matter, where she was ordered to absorb a R900 000 bill.

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On Thursday, Mkhwebane's office was been ordered to foot 85% of the costs and 7.5% must come from her personal capacity.

"At least her failures at the Reserve Bank impacted on institutions that have the resources to fend for themselves," IOL reports Judge Tolmay as saying.

"In this instance, her dereliction of duty impacted on the rights of the poor and vulnerable in society, the very people for whom her office was essentially created.

"They were deprived of their once chance to create a better life for themselves. The intended beneficiaries of the Estina project were disenfranchised by the very people who were supposed to uplift them.

"Yet the Public Protector turned a blind eye, did not consult with them and did not investigate the numerous irregularities that allegedly occurred properly and objectively."

Oupa Segalwe, the Public Protecter’s spokesperson, revealed that Mkhwebane will appeal the decision.