The legal battle between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane got under way yesterday after months of strategic leaks to the media and serious accusations of impropriety on both sides.
A full bench of the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria – made up of Judge President Dunstan Mlambo and Judges Elias Matojane and Raylene Keightley – presided over a sweltering court room 4E, with counsel for the applicant (Ramaphosa), advocate Wim Trengove SC, opening the arguments.
Trengove spearheaded the president’s contentions that he had done nothing wrong, and that Mkhwebane had erred in law and fact in reaching the findings against him in her report.
Trengove hammered home the point, no less than five times, that Mkhwebane had acted with “reckless determination to make a finding against the president”, as he took the court through his contentions of why her report was not only wrong in law, but irrational.
(Forget it Mkhwebane, with Wim Trengrove on board, our Ramapanther is going to take you to the cleaners – Ed)