- Tito Mboweni recently raised the opinion that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has reached the limit of her time in office
- This has raised the ire of ANC Women's League president, Bathabile Dlamini
- The former minister questioned the Finance Minister's comment, evidently taking it as an attack on women
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's recent court failure over her report into President Cyril Ramaphosa's R500 000 BOSASA donation has continued to divide the political landscape.
This time, ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini tackled Finance Minister Tito Mboweni over the issue.
Mboweni had previously commented that the court loss was the last straw for him in the controversy surrounding the Public Protector.
Briefly.co.za reported that the minister had called on Mkhwebane to resign in a post to social media:
"In a democracy like ours, the Public Protector should fall on her sword. Game over!"
Dlamini had evidently been offended by this idiom, taking Mboweni on directly over the comment:
"I wonder what this means, should a woman fall on her sword, strong language. How many more women must fall on their sword and who gets excited when women fall on their sword and for how long are women going to fall on their swords? Who is the coach of this club if this is a game?"
With Mkhwebane facing possibly being removed through an unprecedented Parliamentary process, many citizens felt like the High Court ruling served as a death blow to her already-tainted reputation.
However, Dlamini is not the first politician to seemingly stand up for the Public Protector. Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema and his former spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had both been adamant Mkhwebane would not be removed without a fight.
The Red Berets have rejected the court ruling, announcing that they would be challenging it in the Constitutional Court.
The Citizen reports that Head of the ANC presidency, Sibongile Besani, had commented on the ruling:
“The Office of the Public Protector and its image has been terribly damaged, which speaks to her capabilities. This judgment shows that the good image of the office has been tainted. The facts are there to demonstrate that view. Whether that goes to parliament, we will leave that to the ANC to take a view. There was a clear agenda to tarnish the image of the president and thank God we are in a constitutional democracy. The courts of law have gone further to demonstrate that there was nothing criminal on the part of the president on that matter.”
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