Busisiwe Mkhwebane has become something of an enigma. On the most generous of interpretations, it’s unclear how someone so incompetent on matters of law and the basics of evidence could have attained the office of public protector. A less magnanimous critic may suggest she was placed there to do someone else’s bidding. But if that’s the case, you’d think her handlers would be queuing for their money back round about now. Because the only thing she seems to have done with any real measure of success is lay the groundwork for her own removal from office.

SA’s courts have set aside two of Mkhwebane’s reports — one, on the Vrede dairy farm, for being "unconstitutional" and "invalid"; the other, on the Bankorp bailout, because, in part, she did not "fully understand her constitutional duty to be impartial". On Monday the Constitutional Court upheld that ruling, citing dishonesty and "bad faith", among other ills...

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