- The MKMVA has come forward in support of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, following the accusations made against her
- MKMVA spokesperson, Carl Niehaus, made a statement condemning the allegations regarding Mkhwebane
- Niehaus claimed that there was no evidence to support the accusations against the Public Protector and they were “deliberate and malicious” attacks
The uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) has come forward in defense of South African Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
The Public Protector has been accused of letting shady politicians off the hook, as well as conspiring with certain factions of the African National Congress (ANC).
MKMVA spokesperson, Carl Niehaus, spoke out against the allegations laid on Mkhwebane, saying in a statement that she was being subjected to “personal” attacks that were both “deliberate and malicious”, The Citizen reported.
“Some of these attacks have been very personal against Advocate Mkhwebane, and it is the distinct impression of MKMVA that she is also under attack for being a woman,” Niehaus said in a statement.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the MKMVA spokesperson also went on to chastise senior ANC members for their alleged attacking of the Public Protector, calling it “unbecoming behaviour”.
Niehaus made the MKMVA’s position on the issue clear, explaining that the association would not condone the current treatment of Mkhwebane.
“MKMVA believes that when faced by such unfortunate conduct we must keep cool heads and return to the basic provisions of our Constitution. It is critical to always appreciate that the ofﬁce of the Public Protector is one of the Chapter Nine institutions that have, in terms of Chapter Nine of our Constitution, been established to protect our constitutional democracy, and the rights of every South African citizen. Those who attack the ofﬁce of the Public Protector do so at their own peril, and inadvertently also undermine the Constitutional protection of their own human rights,” Niehaus said.
ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, also recently came out in defense of Mkhwebane, telling ANC members that they need to respect the Public Protector’s office.
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