- Busisiwe Mkhwebane seems determined to retain her post, at least until she is removed
- The embattled Public Protector stood her ground during a recent press briefing
- However, while the politicians battle it out, Mzansi has weighed in and it's clear many still have faith in her ability to hold office
Busisiwe Mkhwebane has undoubtedly been facing unprecedented backlash in recent times.
Briefly.co.za reported that National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise had approved the beginning of the process to strip the Public Protector of her title.
While this development doesn't ensure her eventual removal, it is the first time someone in her shoes will endure the procedure.
Mkhwebane recently hosted a media briefing in response to this development, commenting that:
“I have not considered resigning and I won’t resign. As I’ve said several times, I’m here to serve and change South Africans’ lives. If the parliamentary process leads to my removal, it will be God’s way of doing that. His will will be done. As I’ve indicated several times, I’m in this position to serve, to change the lives of the people.”
The Democratic Alliance has thus far led the charge against Mkhwebane and chief whip Natasha Mazzone says the Public Protector has an 'exceptionally poor understanding of the law' after she called legal discrepancies in the procedure.
Mazzone explained that the Constitution provided for her removal on the grounds of misconduct, incapacity or incompetence.
The politicians are gearing up for the long road to the conclusion of this ordeal, but Mzansi has weighed in and it became apparent many are batting for the Public Protector's team.
Speculation is rife that the proceedings against Mkhwebane are backlash for taking on the allegedly 'untouchable' Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Other citizens seem content that the Public Protector, who was slammed in court over the quality of her vital reports, is finally getting the boot.
Take a look at just a few of the reactions to the situation below:
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