PUBLIC Protector Lawrence Mushwana is seeking legal advice about
appealing against a judgment setting aside his 2005 report on the
Oilgate scandal, writes Sipho Masondo in The Times.

In 2005, Mushwana launched an investigation into allegations of the misuse of public money involving state oil company PetroSA. It had been claimed that the money was used to fund the ANC’s election campaign.

The Mail & Guardian, which broke the story, decided to take Mushwana’s report on review, under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

In a 154-page judgment on Thursday, North Gauteng High Court Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa criticised Mushwana for refusing to investigate some allegations and for drawing conclusions without a proper investigation.

Poswa ordered a fresh investigation of the Oilgate scandal.

Mushwana’s spokesman, Kgalalelo Masibi, said yesterday: “He is consulting legal counsel on the best way forward. The decision will be made …pretty soon.”

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