Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation. This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.
I am taking a break from Blogging until early in 2016. Unless something earth-shattering happens which requires urgent comment, there will be no Blog post until early in 2016.
I would like to thank all the loyal readers of this Blog for the helpful feedback I receive from time to time in emails and when I encounter readers at public events. I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
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