Quote of the week

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.

KHAMPEPE J and THERON J
Public Protector v South African Reserve Bank (CCT107/18) [2019] ZACC 29 (22 July 2019)
31 March 2011

Newsflash: SCA rules against JSC

Just heard the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has found against the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in both cases dealing with their handling of the complaints of Judge President John Hlophe and the judges of the Constitutional Court. The case has to be re-opened. Anyone with copies of the judgements, please send them to me!

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