- National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has approved a motion on the removal of Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- The call to dethrone the Public Protector was put forward by the Democratic Alliance
- This comes after the national legislature adopted new rules in this regard late last year
National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has green-lighted a motion put forward by the Democratic Alliance.
The official opposition party called for the removal of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
In response to the situation, parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the motion would follow new rules adopted by legislature at the end of the year:
“The new rules expand on the broad parameters in section 194 of the Constitution (which provides for the removal of heads of chapter 9 institutions) and previous National Assembly rules. The DA’s draft substantive motion for the removal of Advocate Mkhwebane will thus be considered in terms of these new Rules."
IOL reports that Parliament will now select an independent panel, tasked with handling the process surrounding the removal.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had called for Mkhwebane's removal after many of her reports were found lacking by the courts.
Democratic Alliance chief whip Natasha Mazzone commented on this development:
"She has, time and again, proven that she is unfit to hold office, has consistently demonstrated an inability to conduct her work independently and has illustrated a poor understanding both of the law as well as of her mandate as Public Protector. Worse, Mkhwebane's actions have caused immeasurable damage to the once-respected reputation of the Office of the Public Protector."
Mkhwebane, on the other hand, insists that she has done nothing to incite the unprecedented move against her.
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