- The Western Cape High Court has given the go-ahead to continue with the impeachment of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- Judge Vincent Saldanha ruled that Mkhwebane did not meet the demands of the interim interdict, thus the process of impeachment would continue
- The judge found the allegations against Mkhwebane too severe to look past
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The go-ahead has been given by the High Court of Western Cape to continue with the impeachment of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Mkhwebane had applied to halt the process of her impeachment but was not successful in this regard.
On Friday, Judge Vincent Saldanha of the Western Cape High Court said Mkhwebane was not able to meet the requirements for the interim interdict. This meant that the process of impeachment could not be halted as she had hoped.
Judge Saldanha said: "Even if she had done so, I would have exercised my discretion in refusing such relief given the severity of the charges that had been preferred against her."
Despite Mkhwebane's attempts to argue about the comments against her, the court found these allegations too serious to ignore.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), who applied for the motion against Mkhwebane, argued that she had failed to act independently in the ABSA lifeboat investigation and did not interrogate powerful politicians in the Vrede dairy farm matter properly.
The DA also accused her of taking part in the ANC's politics. There were a number of court judgements that made the DA's case stronger. This included the Constitution Court judges saying that the Public Protector was dishonest during the review case of the ABSA lifeboat investigation.
High Court Judge Saldanha also said that the process of impeachment is not to be taken lightly.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Tito Mboweni posted his library and got dragged by unimpressed tweeps. South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was once again dragged by Twitter users, except this time it was not for his questionable cooking techniques. He recently took to his page to share a picture of a few political books. In his short Twitter post, he explains how he had decided to head upstairs to his personal library and pick out a few political books for himself to re-read in order to draw some inspiration from them.
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