Mkhwebane recommended that the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) be amended in the Constitution. She said it should be changed from one of maintaining currency stability to one of taking responsibility for economic growth.
SARB applied to the courts to challenge this recommendation and also told HuffPost SA that Mkhwebane did not show it the report before sharing it publicly, which it found to be "extremely mischievous".
We have maintained from the start that Mkhwebane was the wrong candidate for the role of #PublicProtector— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) July 10, 2017
The last thing we need is a legal sophomore and chance-taker in the person of Mkhwebane in this office. #PublicProtector— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) July 10, 2017
We call on her to step down from office, at least, in the interest of integrity of the Office of the Public Protector. #PublicProtector— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) July 10, 2017
The SARB is however still moving forward with its application to review her report.
"The SARB is consulting its legal team about the way forward...the SARB will proceed with a separate application for the review of the public protector's report and evidential factual inaccuracies therein," it said.
On social media, people have noted Mkhwebane's backtrack and seem to be unhappy with it. Some have also added their voice to calls for her to resign.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane must just become a general secretary of BLF. #PublicProtector— Sibonakaliso Mhlongo (@SMhlongoEFF) July 10, 2017
Isn't possible to get a new and legitimate #PublicProtector ASAP...— Hongs (@HongsVincent) July 10, 2017
Mkhwebane concedes that her remedial action on SARB/ABSA were rubbish. pic.twitter.com/JUw0XxSH7B— #SinuousLinesDesign (@Sentletse) July 10, 2017
Dear Mkhwebane sorry but your incompetence is evident & SA can simply not afford your school fees. We need a competent #PublicProtector— Niftytomato (@niftytomato3) July 11, 2017
Can Adv Busi Mkhwebane really Protect the Public? Does she have the will to?— Makashule Gana (@Makashule) July 11, 2017
Public Protector Mkhwebane's concession against SARB's legal case is an admission of gross incompetence.Quitting is best for her integrity.— Iraj Abedian (@IrajAbedian) July 11, 2017
Can someone fire this woman already...oophs that someone also needs to be Fired🤔— Ruby Moloisane (@diphetogo1) July 10, 2017