Public Protector set to survive Parliament submission for her removal

Public Protector set to survive Parliament submission for her removal

Attempts to fast-track the removal of Busisiwe Mkhwebane as Public Protector are reportedly unlikely to succeed. In fact, a draft report on whether or not Parliament should fast-track this, allegedly advises against this.

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A draft report advising Parliament on whether or not they should speed up the removal of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had reportedly advised against it.

Briefly.co.za reported in 2018 that the Democratic Alliance had initiated the process. The party now seems to have lost hope that they will succeed.

According to eNCA, the justice portfolio committee will be considering the report today. The report details whether or not an inquiry should probe her fitness to hold office and if they should fast-track it.

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The Democratic Alliance had issues with how the Public Protector had investigated the Gupta-linked Vrede dairy scandal. John Steenhuisen, chief whip for the party, had initially requested the probe.

The Economic Freedom Fighters have also joined in the campaign to see the back of Mkhwebane. However, she seems determined to continue until the end of her term in 2023.

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Steenhuisen doubts MPs will agree to their request, commenting yesterday that:

“The public protector’s defence squad from the ANC rallied around her from the onset, making public statements in her defence. This report may turn out to be one excuse after the other, about why there should not be an inquiry into her fitness to hold office,”

Oupa Segalwe, spokesperson for the Public Protector, claims their office had not been given an opportunity to make a submission on the report:

“The public protector was not requested to make a submission on the report. The only time she was afforded an opportunity to make an input was in response to a DA request for an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. That was last year and this was reported on extensively,”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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