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South Africa: Public Protector’s Office Racks Up Whopping R146 Million Legal Bill – South African News Briefs, September 8, 2022


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Update as at 16h30 SAST

Public Protector’s Office Racks Up Whopping R146 Million Legal Bill

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has racked up legal bills of more than R146 million since she came to office in 2016. This figure has been revealed at Mkhwebane’s impeachment inquiry, which resumed in parliament today, after a nearly two-week break. Mkhwebane’s attorney Dali Mpofu objected to law firms who provided these services from being named, saying they were irrelevant to the charges she was facing. The inquiry has been furnished with a schedule of legal fees from the Public Protector’s Office. It includes the cost of over 72 review applications and 27 appeal applications.

UCT Vice Chancellor Wins Africa Education Medal

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has won the Africa Education Medal. The professor took the reins in 2018 and was elected for another term at the University of Cape Town, voted Africa’s best university in 2022. Professor Phakeng was chosen the winner from among 10 finalists from across the continent, including former Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete. The Africa Education Medal was founded to recognise the work of change-makers who are transforming African education.

Rugby Sevens Kicks Off In Cape Town Tomorrow

Sevens fever has Cape Town in its grip as forty teams from various countries descend for a tournament from September 9 – 11 that promises a mouth-watering display of talent from both the men and women’s teams. The event kicks off at Cape Town Stadium at 8:45am on Friday morning when Ireland’s men take on Portugal. Ticket prices start at R150 (Friday), R750 (Saturday) and R475 (Sunday) and are available exclusively from Ticketmaster at www.rwcsevens.com. Tickets are still available for all three days.

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