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.
Granted, she is white; but a woman leader would be another desirable factor in the stale doldrums of local male-dominated politics, and it would be a telling blow for gender equality. I love the woman to bits; she might be the reason I could vote for her party, instead of boycotting the elections. I believe that under La Zille, the DA would transform itself into a party for all South Africans.
John Qwelane loves Helen Zille! What next – Jacob Zuma declaring his love for Bulelani Ngcuka? Zackie Achmat professing a deep and abiding love for Manto?BACK TO TOP