Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, on Thursday, admitted that she has exhausted her patience and is ready to descend on the DA from the pinnacle of her fury.
Busisiwe had challenged the DA immediately after her appointment to prove beyond doubt or withdraw claims that she once worked as a spy for the State Security Agency, while employed as an immigration officer in China.
Not ready to spare the opposition party, the enraged Protector has announced that she is considering legal action against the DA for the allegation.
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She said: “Within the first 100 days, I’ve given them time to do that, [but] unfortunately they have not done that. Now I’m seriously considering taking legal action.”
Busisiwe was speaking on Thursday at a briefing on her first 100 days in office at the public protector’s office in Pretoria.
Recall that the Public Protector started off on the wrong foot, having engaged the DA in a war of words over the so-called spy saga.
During her interview, the DA had insisted that she was a spy while in China but Busisiwe refuted the claims and was able to cross the hurdle with the help of cadres in the ruling party and the Economic Freedom Fighters.
In reaction, the DA said the party is not frightened by the Public Protector’s threats.
DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach categorically stated that the DA is not going to be apologising any time soon.
She said: “We thrive on threats and if she feels an inclination to take us to court she should absolutely do. She is well within her constitutional rights, and the DA is not going to be withdrawing or apologizing any time soon.”
If she had done anything in her first 100 days to convince the DA that we were wrong no one would be happier than us. It’s in the best interest this country to have a strong and effective public protector.
If we were wrong, we would have apologized unreservedly, very publicly. But that hasn’t happened. So we won’t be apologizing until it happens.”
Well, saying that Busisiwe’s 100 days in office has been cocooned in tumultuous headlines is as safe as houses. Questions on her independence and fairness – at least, as the country’s protector – have continued to raised fears and concerns.
Without mincing words, Public Protector Busisiwe appears to be closely knitted together with President Zuma and his interest since she assumed office.
No wonder EFF’s Malema backfired and regretted ever supporting her during selection processes.
Busisiwe has made over five wrong decisions that headlined local tabloids since she took over from Thuli. Starting from changing her office’s channel to Gupta-owned ANN7 channel on her first day at work to hating on her predecessor Thuli Madonsela.
Under her watch, a slew of staff that worked with Thuli Madonsela resigned – most did so out of compulsion while others were definitely pushed off.
Well, South Africans don’t want to believe that Public Protector Busisiwe is South Africa’s own Trump. They only want to see her protect the public and not her ‘allies’.