Did the public protector shield ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane from a probe into a dodgy dairy project in the Free State? The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) insists that advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane protected the politicians and deliberately watered down a report on the Vrede farm project provisionally prepared by her predecessor, Thuli Madonsela. It will seek a court order to set aside the report. Is there an end in sight to the challenges to reports issued by the public protector, who has been in office for only 18 months? Mkhwebane has already been called to explain herself in parliament. In March she lost an application for leave to appeal against a judgment and a subsequent order that she personally pay 15% of the costs of an application by the SA Reserve Bank. In this case Casac and the DA applied to the high court in February for the report to be set aside. Since then, Casac says, it has obt...

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