Pressure is on for Mkhwebane to be dethroned after ConCourt ruling

Pressure is on for Mkhwebane to be dethroned after ConCourt ruling

- Following the Constitutional Court's ruling against Busisiwe Mkhwebane, there have been renewed calls for her removal from her post

- A non-profit organisation has demanded that she be struck from the advocates roll

- The DA has also requested that their complaint against Mkhwebane in Parliament be expedited

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane faces mounting calls for her removal from office.

On Monday, non-profit organisation Accountability Now requested that Mkhwebane be struck off the advocates roll by the Legal Practice Council.

Similarly, the DA has requested that Parliament expedite removal proceedings against the Public Protector.

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The request for Mkhwebane to be dropped from the advocates roll comes after the Constitutional Court found that she had acted in bad faith and lied under oath, has gathered.

"There are serious, final and unappealable findings reflecting on the honesty, integrity and competence of the Public Protector," said a senior official at Accountability Now following the ruling, according to fin24. 

The DA's renewed call for Mkhwebane's removal from office also stems from the Constitutional Court ruling, which also ordered Mkhwebane to pay personal punitive costs. 

A month ago, the DA wrote to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to consider Mkhwebane's fitness for her post. Since then, the party has been increasingly critical of Mkhwebane.

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The DA's chief whip, John Steenhuisen, said on Monday that Mkhwebane was "not fit to hold the office she occupies", calling her "grossly incompetent". As a result, he said that his party would be writing to Modise urgently to expedite their complaint about the Public Protector, according to The Citizen.

Steenhuisen said the DA was also looking into whether there were grounds for perjury charges to be filed against Mkwebane as well.

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