The Reserve Bank was attempting to remove Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office, her legal team alleged in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. Mkhwebane’s advocate, Paul Kennedy, made this explosive statement in response to earlier argument by the bank’s advocate, David Unterhalter. Unterhalter had said "it would be for other branches of government, the legislature in particular, to consider what to do" if the court declared Mkhwebane had abused her office in her investigation into and subsequent report on the Absa-Bankorp matter. The Reserve Bank is seeking such an order, as well as a costs order against Mkhwebane in her personal capacity. The public protector’s Absa-Bankorp report has given rise to a bitter battle between her office and the Reserve Bank. The Bank, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Absa have applied to have the report’s findings set aside. Kennedy said the Bank envisaged consequences flowing from the order, namely, that "the court should be used to ...

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