Parliament to devise rules for removing a Public Protector from office

Parliament to devise rules for removing a Public Protector from office

- Parliament will look into establishing rules for the removal of a Public Protector

- This comes after John Steenhuisen laid a complaint against Busisiwe Mkhwebane

- The DA has welcomed the development

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Parliament's Rules Committee will look into the matter of removing Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

This follows a complaint laid by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen.

Steenhuisen claims that Mkhwebane is not fit to hold the position, citing the recent string of legal judgements against her.

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The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional services met this week to discuss Steenhuisen's complaint, has gathered. This Committee agreed by unanimous vote to hand the matter over to the Rules Committee, according to News24. 

The DA has said on several occasions that they do not believe that Mkhwebane should hold the position of Public Protector. However, according to the Constitution, a Public Protector can only be removed from office "on the ground of misconduct, incapacity or incompetence".

For this to happen, the National Assembly would have to vote to remove the Public Protector by a two thirds majority, the Mail & Guardian has reported.

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As a result, the issue has been handed over to the Rules Committee so that a framework can be established for investigating and removing a Public Protector.

ANC MP Nomathemba Maseko-Jele said this should be done so as not to give the appearance of specifically targeting Mkhwebane, but rather establishing protocols for the removal of heads of any Chapter 9 institution.

Steenhuisen welcomed this development, saying he supported the move to establish these rules.

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