Public Protector & ‘rogue unit’: How a big lie became a bigger and bigger lie

The narrative that a ‘rogue unit’ existed within SARS was dealt a mortal blow this week when three judges rubbished Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report that the unit spied on taxpayers and abused its power. They found that Mkhwebane’s conclusions were ‘the product of a wholly irrational process, bereft of any sound legal or factual basis’.