Mkhwebane vs Mantashe: SA Responds to Inquiry into Public Protector

Mkhwebane vs Mantashe: SA Responds to Inquiry into Public Protector

- The ANC reportedly held an emergency meeting to discuss Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

- Reports have revealed that ANC Chairperson Gwede Mantashe asked MPs to vote in favour of the inquiry

- Mkhwebane and Mantashe have been trending separately on Twitter since the news broke

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is still making headlines after news previously broke about a possible inquiry into her fitness to hold office. Most recently African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Gwede Mantashe spoke on the issue.

Mantashe reportedly wants ANC MPs to vote in favour of the inquiry into Mkhwebane. Reports say there was an emergency meeting held with the ANC caucus on Tuesday, 16 March to discuss this.

South Africans have taken to social media to discuss both Mkhwebane and Mantashe through two separate trending tags.

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Mkhwebane vs Mantashe: SA responds to inquiry into Public Protector
Gwede Mantashe reportedly wants ANC MP's to vote in favour of Busisiwe Mkhwebane's inquiry. Image: RODGER BOSCH/AFP and Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Insiders have claimed that Mantashe was firm in his opinion about the vote and stated that it would not determine Mkwebane's fate, according to a report by News24. EWN reported that Parliament is set to debate the topic soon.

Briefly.co.za took to Twitter to see what South Africans had to say about the news.

@errolbsk said:

"Mantashe took less than 15 minutes to instruct the ANC MPs to support the motion to start an enquiry into the fitness of Busisiwe as PP. No debate was encouraged."

@Sasa_nkala said:

"You know when someone controls the Judiciary and the media. He knows that you accepted a bribe from him should you decide to go again his wishes he has every leverage to ruin your reputation ask Zweli. What Mashatile & Mantashe are doing now is all because they fear being lynched."

@MaxduPreez wrote:

"With a bit of luck, "public protector" Busisiwe Mkhwebane could deliver one huge plus for our democracy: make the split in the ANC official, so the president & cabinet could stop looking over their shoulder instead of taking real decisions and governing properly"

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Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mkhwebane could be impeached following a review by an independent panel. 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.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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