In a rare legal victory for the public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the Pretoria high court has dismissed an application by the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa — now called Accountability Now — to have her declared unfit to hold office.

However, judge Phillip Coppin stressed on Tuesday that his ruling in no way constitutes a finding on Mkhwebane’s fitness, but is instead motivated by the National Assembly considering a possible impeachment process against her.

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