In a media statement, the Congress of the People (COPE) described Mkhwebane’s 100 days in office as miserable.
COPE asserted that Adv Mkhwebane must always remember that she is a Public Protector and not State Protector.
With that, the party indicated that they are so far, not impressed with the performance of Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
“We can only describe her 100 days in the office as miserable; it seems as if she does not have full confidence in what she is or supposed to be doing. The only program on her desk for now is her witch-hunt on former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela,” COPE stated.
Referring to the Public protector’s announcement that she has filed notice to oppose President Jacob Zuma’s application to review the State Capture report, COPE insinuated that Mkhwebane is confused as she also, expressed that she’s waiting for legal opinion from senior council on whether there are any grounds to oppose or not.
“In our view,” COPE said, “the public protector is undermining the intelligence of our people. It is very clear to us that Mkhwebane wants to distance herself from the capture of state report.
“Our firm view is that she must oppose the application because this is a serious matter. She must know that the Report no longer belongs to her predecessor Adv Thuli Madonsela but it is in her hands now and it’s her responsibility to defend it.”
Afterwards, COPE reminded Adv Mkhwebane that she is the public protector and, that her primary responsibility is to protect the people of South Africa.
“…She is not a state protector. We will judge Mkhwebane on her performance but for now we are totally not impressed.” Mkhwebane’s 100 days in office have been miserable, COPE maintained.
In a separate statement, expressed that President Zuma and his entire government must be fired.
The Party was reacting to the call from Gauteng ANCYL for Premier David Makhura to resign over the death of 94 mentally ill patients in the province.
To COPE, the call for the Gauteng Premier to step down is hypocrisy, selective and all about ANC faction infighting.
The party said it is not surprised about the selective agitation of Gauteng ANCYL.
“If their demand is genuine and honest, they must go further to say Mr Jacob Zuma and his entire government must be fired also; the buck stops with Zuma.”
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COPE agitated that President Zuma, Makhura and Qedani Mahlangu must be criminal prosecuted for the death of the mentally-ill patients.