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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)
2 April 2007

She had very stiff competition….

Sorry, I can’t resist. A friend sent me an email with a story from De Standaard, a Belgian newspaper, which reports Britney Spears was voted the mots foolish American of the year in an April 1 Opinion Survey. Paris Hilton was second and Michael Jackson third. But George Bush (4) and Dick Cheney (6) was not far behind. I suspect this was an April Fools Joke by the newspaper, but it was fun to contemplate such a list for South Africa.

I imagine Jacob Zuma would be on the list. Maybe Jackie Selebi. The odd Miss South Africa if anyone could remember their names. Judge Motata who claimed to have had “a cup of tea” before crashing his car through a wall and swearing at the bystanders? Anyone admitting to working in a Home Affairs Office. And, of course, the presenters of Top Billing. Who else?

UPDATE: This story seems to be true as it is being reported on several Internet sites.

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