Speaker agrees to DA's request to possibly remove Public Protector

Speaker agrees to DA's request to possibly remove Public Protector

- Thandi Modise has agreed to the DA's request for a parliamentary inquiry to be established concerning Busisiwe Mkhwebane

- The inquiry will investigate Mkhwebane's fitness for the post of Public Protector

- This comes after extensive criticism of Mkhwebane by the DA

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National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has complied with the DA's request to begin a parliamentary inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness for office.

This came after DA leader Mmusi Maimane alleged that Mkhwebane had not performed her duty adequately.

Maimane made the comments after the Pretoria High Court found that Mkhwebane's ruling on the Vrede Dairy Farm scandal was invalid and unconstitutional.

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Last week, Modise said that the DA's call for an inquiry would be referred to the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services, according to the Mail & Guardian.

This inquiry will investigate Mkhwebane's competence. If the inquiry makes a ruling of misconduct or incompetence against Mkhwebane, it technically has the power to remove her from her position, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

The DA's chief whip, John Steenhuisen, said that he was pleased by Modise's decision. Indeed, the party as a whole has long been critical of Mkhwebane. For example, the DA did not vote to confirm Mkhwebane's appointment to the post of Public Protector - the only party not to do so.

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Additionally, party leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed Mkhwebane on several occasions, including her handling of payment made to Cyril Ramaphosa's election campaign by former Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson.

Maimane had demanded that Mkhwebane release a report related to the incident.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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