The public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, needs to resign; if not, to be fired. Her finding, that the justice committee "must" initiate a process to change the Constitution and the Reserve Bank’s mandate, is a symptom of gross incompetence. It is as dangerous as it is destructive. She has violated her very mandate. She cannot continue, in good faith, to ostensibly represent the public interest. The context of her decision is telling. There has been a systematic political drive to bend SA’s financial apparatus to a populist left-wing agenda, one enmeshed with various profound and personal kleptocratic interests. Initially these revolved around the manipulation of tenders, then control of key state-owned entities, then the South African Revenue Service and finally the Department of Finance itself. The only remaining obstacle was the Reserve Bank. It is an obstacle because it is the only thing that stands in the way of a desire to print money, a response to debt and state expe...

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