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SA Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane To Face Impeachment Proceedings

SA Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane

SA Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane

By Staff Reporter

South Africa Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will be the first head of a Chapter 9 institution in SA to face impeachment proceedings.

DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone revealed this in a statement issued on Monday where she welcomed the finding by the independent review panel that there is a prima facie case for parliament to institute removal proceedings against the public protector.

“We are pleased by these findings and urge parliament to institute the removal proceedings against Mkhwebane without delay,” said Mazzone.

“During her tenure as public protector, the courts have made damning findings against Mkhwebane, where her fitness to hold this vital post has been called into question numerous times.”

Mazzone cited several court findings against Mkhwebane among the reasons the public protector should not hold office.

Among them was that the Constitutional Court found that she acted in bad faith and was not honest with the high court regarding her investigation process in the Reserve Bank matter.

Other reasons cited by Mazzone included that she laid criminal charges against her predecessor Thuli Madonsela, for releasing a transcript of an interview she had with former president Jacob Zuma, and her appeal to overturn judge Ronel Tolmay’s scathing judgment of her poor handling of the Estina dairy farm matter and the report thereof, was dismissed by the North Gauteng High Court.

Robert Tapfumaneyi