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.
This Thursday Equal Education will be hosting a seminar about the nature of the economic transition in South Africa in the early 1990s. The topic is titled: “Was South Africa sold out in 1994? A public debate on the economic choices at the time of the transition.”
This was prompted by an article (“How the ANC’s Faustian pact sold out South Africa’s poorest“) written by Ronnie Kasrils in the Gaurdian in which he asserts that the ANC had, in the past, failed to make favourable decisions which would lead to more radical economic change in South Africa. He continues by stating that these decisions, in the transitory period of 1990, resulted in deepened inequality and poverty.
The panel includes Ronnie Kasrils (Former Minister of Intelligence and ANC NEC member), Rob Petersen (Adv of the High Court of South Africa) and Yoliswa Dwane (Chairperson of Equal Education). The session will be chaired by Fatima Hassan (Executive Director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa).
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Humanities Graduate Building, University of Cape Town
Time: 17:30 – 19:30BACK TO TOP