Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has not had an easy time since her appointment in 2016, when she replaced Thuli Madonsela – but she certainly has been kept busy, probing numerous allegations of misconduct within government structures.
From expensive cakes to lying under oath, here are five of the public protector’s findings that got people talking this year.
1. Cake scandal
Mkhwebane cleared DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela of any wrongdoing after an investigation into the ANC’s complaint that he failed to declare gifts he received at his lavish birthday party last year. The party was held at the flashy One&Only hotel in Cape Town, where a contractor paid R3,000 for the birthday cake.
The Western Cape ANC said not declaring the gifts was a violation of the ethics code.
In her findings, Mkhwebane said it did not appear that Madikizela had solicited any gifts “or that he received a gift that constituted an improper influence on him or attempts to do so”.