- Ace Magashule said that ANC MPs who did not attend the vote for Busisiwe Mkhwebane's inquiry would not face any repercussions
- Magashule stood firmly behind his previous statements about party MPs not voting in favour of what the DA initiated
- Magashule reportedly stated that the MPs had made the right decision by not attending the vote
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has shown his support for ANC MPs who did not participate in the vote to launch an inquiry in Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office.
On Thursday, 18 March, Magashule said the party MPs made the right decision by refusing to vote or even attending the meeting. He added that MPs will not face any repercussions for refusing to participate.
Reports say around 62 MPs did not attend the vote on Tuesday, 16 March, and the reasoning has not yet been made public.
Speaking to GagasiFM, a Durban radio station, Magashule stated that the MPs did the right thing by refusing to "sleep with the enemy", adding that 'funny things' were happening. A report by SowetanLIVE stated that before the vote Magashule said no ANC MP would vote in favour of a vote initiated by the Democratic Alliance.
TimesLIVE reported that Magashule revealed that there were many MPs who did not attend the vote or the discussion. The report continued by saying that a full record of MPs that did not attend will be released in the minutes of the meeting but the date of release has not yet been confirmed.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Gwede Mantashe reportedly wanted 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.
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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