- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane could become the first Chapter 9 head to face impeachment
- The independent review panel stated that there is a prima facie case with regards to Mkhwebane
- The DA has welcomed the findings by the independent panel as they had tabled the motion for an inquiry into Mkhwebane in 2020
Reports say that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane could face impeachment proceedings. DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone revealed the news in a statement, where she supported the findings by the independent review panel.
The findings suggest that there is a prima facie case (a case accepted as correct until proven otherwise) for parliament to institute the removal proceedings against Mkhwebane in terms of misconduct.
Mazzone added that they are pleased with the findings and further urged Parliament to institute the removal proceedings without delay.
EWN reported that the panel was tasked with looking into whether or not the public protector should face a full inquiry.
The panel found that Mkhwebane's failure to reveal meetings with former president Jacob Zuma and the State Security Agency were grounds for misconduct, adding that she had displayed non-compliance in a number of investigations.
A report by TimesLIVE stated that the DA had tabled the motion for an inquiry into the public protector's fitness to be in her position back in February 2020.
News24 confirmed that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, received the report about Mkhwebane from the panel last week.
In other political news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that the Jacob Zuma Foundation released a statement about the Zondo Commission. The former president's daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, shared an image of the statement to Twitter.
The statement accused Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo of 'abusing' his position by instructing his subordinates to 'bend the laws' of the country. The statement continued to speak on Zondo:
"He ignores process and jurisdictions as prescribed by the law just to ensure that the Zuma State Capture Commission of Inquiry finds President Zuma guilty by hook or crook to deliver him to some hidden masters."
The Foundation believes that laws are being changed to deal with the former president and made a comparison to the laws created by the Apartheid government to handle Robert Sobukwe.
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