A full bench of the Pretoria high court has invalidated a 2019 report by Busisiwe Mkhwebane in which the former Public Protector made damning findings against then land reform minister Gugile Nkwinti over his involvement in illicit land deals in 2011.

Mkhwebane’s report dealt with the purchase of a farm in Limpopo for R97m that Nkwinti allegedly helped facilitate while he was minister of land reform. However, the court found Mkhwebane had refused to provide sufficient time for Nkwinti to respond to the report’s allegations and offered “no cogent reason” for her refusal to do so. ..

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