Modise: DA's request to remove Mkhwebane from office will be heard

Modise: DA's request to remove Mkhwebane from office will be heard

- Thandi Modise has confirimed that an investigation will be conducted into Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office

- This comes after the DA requested such an investigation

- The DA's John Steenhuisen welcomed the investigation, saying that Mkhwebane had failed in her duties

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National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has confirmed that the DA's request for an investigation into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's suitability to hold office will be heard.

Modise confirmed the investigation in a letter addressed to DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen.

The DA had requested the investigation in May, after the Pretoria High Court found Mkhwebane's report on the Vrede Dairy Project to be unconstitutional.

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According to The Citizen, Steenhuisen said that the DA considered Mkhwebane to have failed as the Public Protector. He also alleged that she had come to the defence of Jacob Zuma rather than South African citizens.

As a result, the DA wants Mkhwebane removed from office. This can be done if a parliamentary committee finds the Public Protector guilty of "misconduct, incapacity or incompetence".

A spokesperson for Mkhwebane dismissed the DA's allegations against her, saying that the party had always been against her. 

Additionally, the spokesperson said that the DA did not have evidence to support some of its claims against the Public Protector, has gathered.

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However, the DA and Steenhuisen are not the only ones who have criticised Mkhwebane in recent weeks. Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has also criticised Mkhwebane's handling of several issues, including her failure to release the report concerning the Guptas' controversial 2013 landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base.

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