Political news of the week: President vs public protector

This week a full bench of the Gauteng high court pointed out the pie on the face of public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

The court cleared President Cyril Ramaphosa of lying to parliament about the source of donations to his 2017 ANC presidential campaign, in a judgment likely to bolster opposition calls for the removal of Mkhwebane.

On Tuesday, the court set aside a potentially damaging report by Mkhwebane, describing the protector’s approach as based on a mistaken and “fatally flawed” reading of the law.

The judgment raises two critical political questions: will Mkhwebane retain her post and does this make the matter raised by the report null and void?