Mampara of the week: Busisiwe Mkhwebane

08 July 2018 - 00:00
By Hogarth
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Image: Simphiwe Nkwali Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.


They say hell hath no fury like a Mampara scorned, and public protector Busi Mkhwebane says she has the law on her side should anyone try to scorn her.

This week, her lawyers wrote to the Sunday Times demanding Hogarth retract his calling her a Mampara last month, over her "probe" of Western Cape premier Helen Zille's colonialism tweets.

A Mampara, as Mkhwebane's lawyer correctly pointed out in her letter of demand, "means 'a foolish person' and/or 'idiot person'", which "constitute [sic] an 'insult' to the public protector".

Threatening Hogarth with a R40,000 fine or a year in jail in a free democracy rather reinforces Hogarth's headline "It's her we need protection from". We'll wait for this double-Mampara's proposed "remedial action".

Two years in jail, an R80,000 fine?