- President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed the nation's new Deputy Public Protector
- Advocate Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka has been selected to replace advocate Kevin Malunga
- This comes as Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is facing a Parliamentary removal process
Advocate Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka has officially been appointed to serve alongside Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the Deputy Public Protector.
President Cyril Ramaphosa released a statement confirming advocate Kevin Malunga's replacement:
"President Ramaphosa thanked Advocate Malunga for his contribution in the office of the Public Protector and service to the people of South Africa."
News24 reports that Gcaleka previously worked as a special advisor at National Treasury and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Meanwhile, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is facing an unprecedented motion of removal from office.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters had come out in firm opposition to the process.
National spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi commented on the situation, voicing the party's support for Mkhwebane:
“We should be taking into consideration any criticism from the public, including the PP (Public Protector), about the removal of people heading Chapter 9 institutions. To that extent, we don’t think there is anything wrong she is doing. I am saying the trap we are avoiding is the one that this entire process is drawing attention to – the removal of the PP (Public Protector) and we are opposed to that.”
An independent panel will now be appointed to hear submissions, following which National Assembly will then vote on the matter.
Should the evidence point toward incompetence on Mkhwebane's side, President Cyril Ramaphosa will then be asked to remove her from office.
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