- Busisiwe Mkhwebane has taken Thandi Modise to task for allegedly not doing enough to protect the Public Protector from MPs
- This comes after several MPs criticised Mkhwebane in Parliament
- Mkhwebane says that Modise violated the Constitution by failing to "admonish" these MPs
Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has slammed Thandi Modise for allegedly failing to protect her from attacks by MPs.
Mkhwebane says that the National Assembly Speaker has violated the Constitution by not doing enough to protect the Public Protector.
This was one of several accusations Mkhwebane has leveled at Modise in a 12-page letter written earlier this month.
In the letter, Mkhwebane cites several examples of treatment by Modise which she believes was unfair, Briefly.co.za has gathered. For example, Mkhwebane says that Modise repeatedly allowed MPs to make insulting remarks about her without a substantive motion.
Additionally, Mkhwebane says Modise was wrong to have agreed to the DA's request to have the Public Protector removed from the portfolio committee on justice, according to News24. She argues that because Modise failed to "admonish" the MPs who criticised Mkhwebane, Parliament failed in its constitutional obligation to uphold and protect the Public Protector.
Mkhwebane even threatened legal action against Modise, saying that she may seek an interdict to force Modise to defend the Public Protector's office.
This is the latest in a series of salvos from the Public Protector. Mkhwebane has previously attacked MPs who have criticised her, in some cases demanding that they publicly apologise.
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