Mkwhebane driven to finish term as Public Protector despite fightback

Mkwhebane driven to finish term as Public Protector despite fightback

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is adamant that she will make it to the end of her seven-year term, ending in 2023

- A parliamentary committee is set to investigate her fitness to hold office, but Mkhwebane remains seemingly unfazed

- The Public Protector deems it unfair that she is subjected to scrutiny while judges can have their rulings overturned without their competency being questioned

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is determined that she will finish her term in office in 2023 as planned.

IOL reports that Mkhwebane had said the parliamentary process currently underway to formulate guides on how to remove heads of Chapter 9 institutions was merely an attempt to target her.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the Democratic Alliance had spearheaded the effort to probe the Public Protector's competence after a series of court failures.

Nevertheless, Mkhwebane is optimistic that this will fail to impact her tenure at the entity, saying:

“I’m not worried about that. I believe I will finish my term of office. I will not allow any distractions. My eyes remain fixed on taking the services of this institution to the grassroots.”

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is adamant that she will finish her seven-year term, which comes to an end in 2023, despite a parliamentary committee that is set to look into her fitness to hold office.

Mkhwebane lamented that her legal mishaps have been 'weaponised' against her, used as a benchmark to measure her competence when the option to appeal her findings is open.

The Sowetan reports that the Public Protector used failed rulings passed down by judges to illustrate how unfair the challenges facing her are:

“Nothing ever happens to such judges. It is said that they have decisional independence and that any action would threaten this independence. But the public protector too has decisional independence and yet I get punitive personal cost orders."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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