Political parties gang up against public protector in bid to oust her

Political parties gang up against public protector in bid to oust her

- A showdown is looming between Thandi Modise and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

- Political parties have thrown their weight behind Thandi Modise's bid to remove Mkhwebane

- Modise extended the deadline for political parties to submit names for a panel to look at the evidence against Mkhwebane

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It is high-noon in parliament as Thandi Modise and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane square off against each other. Political parties have thrown their weight behind Modise in his bid to remove Mkhwebane.

Briefly.co.za learned that on Saturday, Modise and other political parties pursued their argument that despite Mkhwebane's court application to block her removal, there was nothing legally preventing Parliament from taking action against the Public Protector.

Modise invited political parties to submit names for an independent panel to decide whether there was enough evidence to remove Mkhwebane. He extended the deadline to Wednesday.

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“With regard to the papers (filed by Mkhwebane), Parliament will oppose the application in defence of the powers of Parliament and holding Chapter 9 institutions accountable,” Spokesperson for Parliament Moloto Mothapo said.

The ACDP, COPE, IFP and DA have supported Modise's decision to go ahead with the process.

“We are saying there is nothing to prevent the speaker from continuing with the process. We believe the rules are lawful and constitutional. There is nothing in law that prevents the speaker from continuing,” ACDP MP Steve Swart said.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, from the IFP, does not see any reason not to proceed despite Mkhwebane's court application according to iol.co.za.

“We have always said the public protector must subject herself to due process. Where we fundamentally differ with the public protector is when the protector questions the role of Parliament,” said Hlengwa.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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