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.
Some examples of what judges would have had to endure if they had attended the “Leadership Conference”, which they were urged to attend by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. All I can say is that I am glad I did not have to attend this event. Apart from the lack of fashion sense displayed by the speakers, I would have felt pretty insulted for being sold this quackery and having had to PAY to attend to listen to it.
First up, “Dr” David Molapo:
Second up, “Dr” John Maxwell