- Suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been found guilty of misconduct by the Section 194 Committee
- The committee has recommended Mkwebane's removal from office, a decision supported by the ANC and the DA
- Many South Africans say they are not shocked by the committee's findings, saying the writing was always on the wall
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After months of proceedings, the Section 194 Committe impeachment inquiry found Mkhwebane guilty of certain charges of misconduct.
Section 194 Committee recommends Buisiwe Mkhwebane's removal
The committee met on Friday, 11 August and discussed a second draft report on Mkwebane's fitness to hold office.
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According to TimesLIVE, the committee stated that the suspended PP should be removed from office based on the misconduct and incompetence during her investigations.
The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) committee members were in agreement with the draft report, stating that the evidence against Mkhwebane warranted her removal.
However, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) committee members were of a different view. EFF's Omphile Maotwe stated that it was unfair for the committee to rush processes, especially since Mkhwebane was without legal representation.
Moatwe stated that the inquiry was essentially a witch hunt and they should wait for her to get legal representation.
“We reject this report. It’s unfair to ignore that she doesn’t have legal representation for the sake of finalising this process. It’s a witch-hunt. Let’s bear with her," said Moatwe.
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Mkhwebane still has an opportunity to challenge the findings of the draft report.
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"Cyril Ramaphosa played his cards very well, those in support of Zuma criticized him for Mkhwebane. Today they sing praises for Zuma but forget Mkhwebane, ahh."
"Nothing breaking there, this has always been the mandate from Luthuli House and Stellenbosch."
"It was inevitable, she didn't stand a chance in a country where everything can be bought."
"She is left with a few months. After all, we knew the outcome a long time ago."
"We all saw it coming."
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"This is a pointless decision, given that Busisiwe Mkhwebane has only three months remaining as Public Prosecutor How Dollars ended up in President Cyril Ramaphosa's sofas and mattress is the subject of importance. Investigate that! #PhalaPhalaFarmGate."
Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s suspension challenge falls flat after ConCourt rules in favour of President Ramaphosa
With Mkhwebane's term in office quickly coming to an end, the apex court dismissed the suspended public protector's latest bid to return to office.
On Thursday, 13 July, the ConCourt that President Cyril Ramaphosa's reasoning behind suspending Mkhwebane was reasonably rational, The Citizen reported.
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Source: Briefly News