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.
It has been quite a hectic few weeks on the legal and political scene and some days I hardly had time to digest it all. I have not had time to thank all the commentators on this Blog who have kept up quite a lively, sometimes very robust and often informative and interesting debate going here. So, thanks! You keep me on my toes and make me think and reflect about my own views. Now if we can only get Mr Malema to reflect on his.BACK TO TOP