On Monday the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, released the findings of her investigation into what is called the “CIEX Report”. It has, like so many things in our country, a long and complicated history. But she found that Absa should pay R1.15-billion to the fiscus. And then, strangely, she also found that the mandate of the Reserve Bank should change, from targeting inflation as it does now, to promoting economic growth. A finding the person who lodged the original complaint did not ask for. Your view of this is likely to rest on the answer to this question: Do you believe Mkhwebane is acting independently? And, how does this not look like a new front in the battle between the Guptas, their friends in government, and the banks who have refused to provide them with certain services? By STEPHEN GROOTES.