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|Stage Name:||Busisiwe Mkhwebane|
|Real Name:||Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane|
|Occupation:||Advocate, Prosecutor, Ombudsman|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||2nd February 1970 (53 Years Old|
|Place of Birth:||Bethal, Mpumalanga, South Africa|
|Education:||University of the North
Rand Afrikaans UniversityUniversity of South Africa
Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane, professionally known as Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is a South African prosecutor, advocate, and Ombudsman. She served as the 4th public prosecutor of South Africa from 2016 to 2022.
Mkhwebane started her career in 1994 by joining the Department of Justice as a Public Prosecutor. From 1996 she was Legal Administrative Officer in the International Affairs Directorate. In 1998, she became a senior researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission. A year later, she became a senior investigator and acting provincial representative in the Public Protector’s office. She left in 2005 to join the Department of Home Affairs as the director for refugee affairs. In 2009, she became acting chief director in asylum seekers management.
Mkhwebane worked as an Analyst for the State Security Agency from July 2016 to October 2016, when she was appointed public protector by Jacob Zuma. It was revealed, during her appointment, that she had a close relationship with President Zuma. Her office has had so many controversies. The National Assembly, on 15 March 2021, voted that a committee should be set up to query her fitness to hold office. This would possibly lead to an impeachment.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane was born in Bethal, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on the 2nd of February 1970. She celebrated her 52nd birthday in February 2022.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s husband is late. There are no details about him that are available to the public. In June 2019, during a speech at the South African Sheriff’s Society (SASS) in Mpumalanga, Mkhwebane alleged that there were accusations against her claiming that she poisoned someone and was threatened with arrest. News24 reported that the claims were that she poisoned her husband.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane began working as South Africa’s Public Protector on the 19th of October, 2016, after being appointed by then-president Jacob Zuma. Earning R2.3 million annually, Mkhwebane became one of the highest-earning lawmakers in the South African government. She has been on seat for four years.
It was reported by top media outlets in 2017 that four months after her appointment, Mkhwebane moved into the exclusive Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria. She became next-door neighbors to the embattled former president, Jacob Zuma. According to News24, it cost R3.4 million to house her there.
According to an article by the Daily Maverick, “The Bryntirion Estate contains 28 properties incorporating the president’s residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, as well as OR Tambo House (the deputy president’s residence), 15 tennis courts, a nine-hole presidential golf course, and a helipad”. She lived among those she was employed to oversee.
The Daily Maverick also reported that “Mkhwebane relocated to a three-bedroomed duplex adjacent to the estate and reserved for deputy ministers” in 2021 while staring at an impending impeachment.
In 1988, Busisiwe Mkhwebane matriculated from Mkhephula Secondary School. Busisiwe graduated with a BProc followed by an LLB from the then University of Limpopo, now called the University of the North. Later, she obtained a diploma in corporate law and a higher diploma in tax at the Rand Afrikaans University (now called the University of Johannesburg). Busisiwe completed a Masters in Business Leadership at the University of South Africa in 2010.
You can contact Busisiwe via the following provided details;
Public Protector: Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Adv
Postal Address: Private Bag X677, PRETORIA, 0001
Street Address: Hillcrest Office Park, 175 Lunnon Street, Brooklyn, PRETORIA
Phone: 012 366 7108
Fax: 012 362 8918
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is Busisiwe Mkhwebane?
Busisiwe Mkhwebane is a South African advocate who served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 2016 to 2023. She succeeded Thuli Madonsela and was appointed by former President Jacob Zuma.
- What is the role of the Public Protector?
The Public Protector is an independent institution in South Africa, tasked with investigating any conduct in state affairs or public administration that is alleged or suspected to be improper or to result in any impropriety or prejudice.
- What is the latest news about Busisiwe Mkhwebane?
As of May 29, 2023, Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been advised by the Parliamentary Speaker to lodge her bribery claims with the Ethics Committee. This advice comes after Mkhwebane made allegations of corruption against an unidentified member of the judiciary.
- What are some controversies associated with Busisiwe Mkhwebane?
Mkhwebane’s tenure as Public Protector was marked by several controversies, including a high-profile investigation into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign funding and her findings on the ABSA/Bankorp bailout. Her competency and impartiality have been questioned, and she has faced several legal challenges.
- What is Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s current position?
As of May 2023, Busisiwe Mkhwebane is no longer serving as the Public Protector, a position she held from 2016 to 2023. The current status of her career is not immediately clear from the latest news updates.
- What is Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s background?
Mkhwebane is a lawyer by profession. Before her appointment as Public Protector, she worked in the South African Immigration Department and the country’s State Security Agency. She has also served as a senior investigator in the Office of the Public Protector and as a director at the Department of Home Affairs.
- What are some of the significant cases handled by Busisiwe Mkhwebane?
Some of the significant cases handled by Mkhwebane include the investigation into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign funding and the ABSA/Bankorp bailout. However, her findings in these cases have been a subject of controversy and legal challenges.
- Who can lodge a complaint to the Public Protector?
‘Anyone’ who identifies as an aggrieved complainant can lodge a complaint to the office of the public protector ‘provided that it falls within powers of the Public Protector in terms of the Public Protector act 23 of 1994’. The public protector may then investigate and take action.
- When did Mkhwebane become Public Protector?
Mkhwebane became Public Protector in 2016 after being appointed by President Jacob Zuma. She assumed office on October 19, 2016.
- What does the name Busisiwe mean?
‘Busisiwe’ means ‘we have been blessed’ or ‘to be blessed’.