Choosing her crusades clearly isn’t public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s strong suit. But as if she weren’t under enough pressure from multiple challenges to her credibility, she will now go head to head with an equally obstreperous adversary — finance minister Tito Mboweni. Acting on "the collective view" of the National Treasury, Mboweni is taking on review Mkhwebane’s recent finding that his director-general, Dondo Mogajane, is "blatantly dishonest" and should be sanctioned for failing to disclose, when he applied for the DG’s job, that he had paid an admission of guilt fine for speeding in 2011. (This detail is in his file at the department, where he has worked for 20 years.) It turns out Mogajane’s assistant filled in the job form for him at the eleventh hour, neglecting to mention the criminal record resulting from the fine, and got him to sign it while he was in a meeting. Mboweni told journalists the DG, whom he has nicknamed "Speedy", has his full confidence. (Few know tha...

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