Nzimande: Public Protector is playing politics, not defending the poor

Nzimande: Public Protector is playing politics, not defending the poor

- Blade Nzimande has called for an inquiry into Busisiwe Mkhwebane's suitability for the office of Public Protector

- This comes as the SACPS accused Mkhwebane of politicising her post

- The DA has made similar calls for Mkhwebane's removal from office

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SACP Secretary-General Blade Nzimande has accused Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane of "playing politics".

He has also called for an inquiry into Mkhwebane's competence for the post.

Nzimande, who is also the Minister of Higher Education and Training, claimed that Mkhwebane was pursuing a political agenda rather than serving the interests of the poor.

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Indeed, Nzimande claimed that the Public Protector is being used as an "instrument of the better-off in society to fight political and other battles".

As a result, the SACP has called on Parliament to institute a full inquiry into Mkwebane's fitness for office.

As evidence of Mkhwebane's incompetence, the SACP pointed to her findings on the Reserve Bank and the Estina dairy farm scandal - both of which were deemed to be unconstitutional, according to News24.

This is the second time the SACP has questioned the competence of a Public Protector. In 2014, the party accused then-Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of misrepresenting the scope of her powers to the public. 

However, Nzimande is not the only one who has slammed Mkhwebane.

She has also faced criticism from Thuli Madonsela for her treatment of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Mkhwebane had found that Gordhan acted improperly when he issued an early retirement payout to former Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay.

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The DA has also called for Mkhwebane to be removed from office, saying she was "not the right person to serve as the head of such a critical Chapter 9 body", has gathered.

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