Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says Justice Jody Kollapen and Acting Justice Dunstan Mlambo disclosed having contact with Ismail Abramjee – but denied that they had provided him with any confidential information about the Constitutional Court.
Zondo has also promised that the investigation he initiated into Abramjee’s SMS – claiming to have it “on good authority” that the apex court would rule against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane – would be “completed by the end of next week or in a few days thereafter” and its outcome made public.
On Tuesday, Mkhwebane released a “closing report” into her “own investigation” into the text that Abramjee sent to counsel for Parliament Andrew Breitenbach SC. The text was sent on the eve of her Western Cape High Court application to block Parliament from proceeding with an inquiry into her fitness, pending the outcome of that rescission case in the apex court.
Mkhwebane’s office conducted the preliminary investigation, out of its own initiative, in April when it was revealed that Abramjee sent an SMS to Parliament’s counsel, advocate Andrew Breitenbach SC, saying the public protector would lose the application.
An analysis of cellphone data showed 18 telephone calls between January and April between the number that sent the SMS to Breitenbach was made and the one registered to Kollapen.