Wed, 21 Aug 2019

The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's legal costs has gained momentum, surpassing the R100 000 mark.

Democracy in Action has been working to help Mkhwebane after the Constitutional Court's damning judgment against her in the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) matter.

The court found that Mkhwebane's Absa/Bankorp investigation was flawed and that she was not honest during her investigation. They ruled that Mkhwebane personally pay 15% of the SARB's legal fees.

It is suspected that the amount Mkhwebane will have to pay will total about R900 000.

However, Democracy in Action's chairperson, Thabo Mtsweni, told News24 that they would await confirmation so that the organisation can raise the full amount before handing over the money.

"We are very optimistic... It shows that ordinary South Africans would like to support the Public Protector," Mtsweni told News24.

Crowdfunding drive for Public Protector's legal fees raises R90K so far

He claimed it showed support for Mkhwebane during her time of need.

Earlier, Mtsweni told News24 that the Constitutional Court judgment against Mkhwebane was "unfortunate".

"As the organisation, we feel that the judgment by the Constitutional Court was very unfortunate and the minority judgment supports our view clearly on this matter.

"The judgment sets a wrong precedence (sic) for the Public Protector and other Chapter 9 institutions won't be able to perform their duties without fear, favour or prejudice," Mtsweni said.

Once the money has been raised, Mtsweni said a march will be organised to hand it over.

Earlier this month, Mkhwebane's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, said Mkhwebane was "touched" by the initiative.

"She was touched by the supportive gestures, the spirit of ubuntu and generosity displayed by some of the members of the public, who really do not have to."

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