- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's legal woes have continued to pile up against her as she faces impeachment on a number grounds of misconduct and incompetence
- The Constitutional Court recently reportedly ruled that Mkhwebane was dishonest and acted in bad faith in some of her findings
- It has also been reported that six former USAASA non-executive directors are considering legal action against the troubled Public Protector
Legal problems are continuing to pile up against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Advocate Mkhwebane reportedly faces impeachment on a number of grounds of misconduct and incompetence. The Constitutional Court also found that the Public Protector was dishonest and acted in bad faith in some of her findings.
Mkhwebane's legal challenge to the constitutionality of Parliament's impeachment rules and process against her is expected to start on Monday, 7 June.
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In a written argument to the Western Cape High Court, Mkwebane's counsel, Dali Mpofu, stated that it's a "logical and legal" impossibility" for an impeachment to go ahead against Mkhwebane as the rules of Parliament prevent it, reports BusinessLIVE.
Meanwhile, IOL reports that former Universal Services and Access Agency of SA (USAASA) non-executive directors are considering legal action after Mkhwebane's report that was used to fire them was reviewed and set aside.
The publication reports that former Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele axed the board following Mkhwebane’s findings.
The outlet further reported that Judge Daisy Molefe reviewed and set aside the Public Protector’s report in the North Gauteng High Court, largely due to Mkhwebane’s refusal to remove chief investigator Abongile Madiba from the investigation. The former directors had requested the removal of Madiba because he had appeared to have taken an interest in the matter.
Land restitution and redistribution
In other news, Briefly News reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly wants the issue of land restitution and redistribution to be addressed quickly. The president has shared that the matter needs a conclusion and has asked opposition parties to "find each other" so that the issue of expropriation without compensation can be finalised.
"The discussions in my view, needs some conclusion and we're hoping that the various parties will be able to find each other on the parliamentary level and finalise a position on how to move forward," Ramaphosa said, according to EWN.
Ramaphosa was reacting to the EFF's position on the matter. The publication said plans to push through legislation allowing for expropriation without compensation suffered a setback this week after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it supports expropriation without compensation but not in its current form.
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