We therefore believe that it was poor for the organisers of her birthday bash to have guests from only one faction of the ruling ANC, other known backers of former president Jacob Zuma and representative of the EFF.
Given the current political climate where some believe that Mkhwebane is in cahoots with one faction or another, and where she has had numerous findings against the president and his government, we believe that her office should not do anything that may give an impression of partiality, imagined or real.
It may very well be that the likes of ANC MP Bongani Bongo were at the party because he and the public protector have known each other for many years, but many watching from a distance may see in this a public protector who is too cosy with some of the people she may soon have to investigate.
Holders of office in institutions that are supposed to be independent, from the judiciary to chapter 9 institutions, should do all in their power to avoid anything that may lead to accusations of being partial or biased towards certain interest groups.
It is not enough to merely argue that you have broken no rules.