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11/07/2017 13:22 SAST | Updated 11/07/2017 13:23 SAST

It Doesn't Look Like These Members Of The Public Want To Be Protected By Busisiwe Mkhwebane

"Seven years is a long time for Adv Mkhwebane to 'concede own goals' so early."

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Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Our Public Protector just can't catch a break. Ever since she released that report on Absa she has been catching "L" after "L".

Read: The Backlash To Mkhwebane's Finding That Absa Must Pay Back R1,1bn Has Started

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".

And now, she's backtracked on her own decision, making her appear to be incompetent. Well, at least that's what the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters appear to have concluded.

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.

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    Busisiwe Mkhwebane must just become a general secretary of BLF. #PublicProtector
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    What was #Mkhwebane thinking in the 1st place?? #PublicProtector Oh wait, this is what she was thinking 👇🏿👇🏿👇🏿 https://t.co/WbFK7bDfs2
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    Isn't possible to get a new and legitimate #PublicProtector ASAP...
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    Seven year term of office for Adv. Mkhwebane is going to be a huge mountain to climb #SARB #PublicProtector https://t.co/MAlmkf7Ebm
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    Mkhwebane concedes that her remedial action on SARB/ABSA were rubbish. https://t.co/JUw0XxSH7B
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    Dear Mkhwebane sorry but your incompetence is evident & SA can simply not afford your school fees. We need a competent #PublicProtector
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    Seven years is a long time Adv Mkhwebane to 'concede own goals' so early https://t.co/XCEEQEfHxM #PublicProtector https://t.co/8Yq5ZpZRlb
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    Can Adv Busi Mkhwebane really Protect the Public? Does she have the will to?
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    At 11th hour, the penny finally drops. Tax payers still lumped wit the legal fees tho 😡😡. Wat a depressing debut by… https://t.co/haqOScJjCT
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    I doubt #PublicProtector wrote those recommendations,they were written in the same room as the reshuffle list. https://t.co/FyW4nmPicl
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    #PublicProtector So isn't there a night school that our new PP can attend just to cover basics on what her role act… https://t.co/qbKRresyM7
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    When you realize that Busisiwe Mkhwebane still has 6 full years to go #PublicProtector https://t.co/9elkAUQk84
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    Can we recall her now before its too late!! #PublicProtector https://t.co/hjQ2jQeZfh
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    After causing all that commotion now the PP is mantashing! #PublicProtector https://t.co/aVNfN2fm1N
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    Public Protector Mkhwebane's concession against SARB's legal case is an admission of gross incompetence.Quitting is best for her integrity.
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    @karynmaughan @PublicProtector Can someone fire this woman already...oophs that someone also needs to be Fired🤔
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    @karynmaughan @PublicProtector And she is an advocate...hai man... https://t.co/A69RIl2mKK