Accountability Now takes fight against Mkhwebane to High Court

Accountability Now takes fight against Mkhwebane to High Court

- Accountability Now has approached the Pretoria High Court in a bid to have the Public Protector declared unfit

- Busisiwe Mkhwebane is currently facing a DA-led attempt to have Parliament establish rules for her removal

- The NGO says they are pursuing every avenue in their bid to have Mkhwebane ousted

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Non-government organisation (NGO) Accountability Now is on a mission to have the Pretoria High Court declare Busisiwe Mkhwebane unfit to hold the office of Public Protector.

IOL reports that the organisation is using various methods, including this court application, in its bid to have Mkhwebane removed from office.

In its application, the entity uses numerous court cases which had resulted in adverse rulings against the Public Protector as justification.

READ ALSO: Public Protector Greenlights Crowdfunding, but Not for Her Office reported that the Democratic Alliance had spearheaded Parliament's endeavour to establish rules for the removal of a person presiding in Mkhwebane's position.

This had come after Mkhwebane was ordered to personally cover the costs involved in her botched reports.

Currently, Mkhwebane is facing a legal battle with Minister Pravin Gordhan over the early retirement of a SARS executive in 2010.

Accountability Now says that they have taken the following measures in order to dethrone Mkhwebane:

  • Approaching the Legal Practice Council, with an eye on having the Public Protector struck off the roll of advocates
  • Petitioning the criminal justice administration to place perjury charges against Mkhwebane
  • Calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to impose a suspension

Mkhwebane recently announced that she would accept donations made to a crowd-funding campaign that had been started to help pay her mounting legal costs.

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