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 hope you all had a great freedom day and took a moment to cherish the wonder of living in a free country in which the human dignity of all are protected by the Constitution. If we want to honour our freedom (and here comes the sermon – always thought I should have been a dominee or priest) every one of us need to respect the dignity of everyone in the country.
It is so easy to judge someone for how he or she looks, what political party that person supports, what gender he or she is, or whether the person speaks Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu or Shangaan. That is why this video tears me up every time I watch it. It challenges our prejudices and reminds us that we are all deserving of respect because we all have an inherent self worth. Respect.
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