On Friday, Mkhwebane's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe confirmed the summons had been issued on December 15.
“As a law-abiding citizen, the public protector will co-operate and present herself to the court on January 21 2021 as required, and is confident the court will clear her of any wrongdoing,” he said.
Segalwe said Mkhwebane had seen in media reports that Hoffman had written to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting him to suspend her.
“It is not the first time advocate Hoffman has sought to nail the public protector.
“In July 2019, he laid a complaint with the Legal Practice Council to have her struck off the roll of advocates.
“In March 2020, the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria dismissed his application for a declaratory order that the public protector was unfit to hold office.
“The public protector views these as being characteristic of advocate Hoffman SC, who in 2013 unsuccessfully pursued the impeachment of the chief justice over the comments the chief justice had reportedly made in respect of the transformation of the judiciary. This led to a complaint of professional misconduct being lodged against Hoffman with the General Council of the Bar,” Segalwe said.
He said Mkhwebane and her office would not be commenting further on the matter.