The bruising judgment that invalidated public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s politically damaging findings against president Cyril Ramaphosa will sound a death knell for her chances of defending several of her most controversial reports — if it stands.

That’s because the high court in Pretoria has found that Mkhwebane was legally obligated to provide Ramaphosa with a chance to respond to the far-reaching remedial action she ordered against him, after finding that the president had deliberately lied to parliament about a Bosasa donation to his CR17 campaign, and that the CR17 campaign may have been embroiled in money-laundering.

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