Thursday, 25 March 2021 12:22

Staff Reporter.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's perjury case has been postponed.

The Public Protector is accused of having lied to the courts about her investigation into the South African Reserve Bank.

She made a brief appearance in the Pretoria magistrate’s court on Thursday, where the court heard that the national director of public prosecutions was still deliberating on the representations made by her legal team to have the charges against her quashed.

The case was postponed to June 25.

Mkhwebane faces three charges which her lawyer, Dali Mpofu, during her last appearance described as "frivolous and contrived".

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said then it believed it had a strong case against her and it had no qualms with her approaching the DPP for its opinion on whether she had a case to answer to.

NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema at the time gave a breakdown of the three charges that the embattled public protector is facing. All three relate to her allegedly lying under oath in November 2017 and in April 2018 about the meetings she had with then-president Jacob Zuma.

"The first allegation is in regards to a meeting she had with former president Jacob Zuma, where she said only she had one meeting and the truth is opposite to that," Ngwema said.

"The second one is what she discussed with Zuma in that second meeting. She said she discussed his response to the preliminary findings, whereas the truth also points differently to that.

"The third one is that they only discussed the preliminary report, whereas in terms of our investigation, they did not only discuss that.

She has come under intense fire in recent months.

The Democratic Alliance wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to suspend her, pending the outcome of an investigation into her fitness to hold office.