Not doubt, proposed public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane put up a brilliant and impressive performance when she stood before Parliament during her interview.
But the unexpected allegation leveled against her by the Democratic Alliance (DA) is now her Achilles heel.
The DA had on Tuesday back-pedaled its support for the prospective Public Protector over allegations that she was not the suitable candidate, and was ‘illogically’ preferred over other qualifying candidates.
More so, the party’s main concern was that the proposed candidate had worked as a State Security Agent (SSA) spy during her time as an ‘immigration officer’ for Home Affairs in China from 2010.
In a bid to validate their claim and also satisfy their curiosity, the opposition demanded answers on why Mkhwebane dramatically left her exalted position at Home Affairs for a low income job (analyst) in the SSA in June 2016.
In reaction, Mkhwebane, who appears to have been befuddled by the criticism denied the allegations. With her back on the wall, she slammed the DA for trying to cast aspersions and damage her reputation.
“I never worked for SSA. I only joined the SSA on July 4 2016‚” Mkhwebane said in reply to the questions on Tuesday afternoon.
She also had the backing on the ANC, who described the opposition party’s criticism as ‘baseless’ and ‘politically motivated’ on its Twitter page.
However, the DA has insisted that Mhkwebane must publicly denounce the allegations – since they were ‘reliably’ received – or prepare to have them withdraw their support in Parliament on Wednesday – when her candidacy would be debated.
The National Assembly would today, debate the appointment of the proposed public protector; who had earned the support of all political parties except the DA. On Tuesday, the EFF iterated its unreserved support for Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to the amazement of many.
Currently, she is the Director of the Country Information and Cooperation Management Unit for the Department of Home Affairs. She obtained a B.Proc and LLB from the University of the North and a Diploma in Corporate Law and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane previously served in the Public Protector’s office as a senior investigator between 1998 and 2005 before she left to join Home Affairs.