The Democratic Alliance (DA) party welcomed Parliament’s decision to proceed with Public Protector’s removal proceedings affirming that Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane is not fit to occupy the office.
It was on the 20th day of September 2017 that the DA initiated the removal proceedings against Adv. Mkhwebane. That was after it was revealed that the Public Protector consulted President Jacob Zuma’s legal advisors.
Then the DA contended that the revelation has created a serious doubt about her independence; that she is acting “in the interest of … captured Number 1.” She must be removed before she further compromises the once proud office, said the party.
In response to the DA’s call for the Public Protector’s removal, the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services agreed to hold an inquiry into Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.
DA welcomed this decision urging the committee to proceed with the inquiry with the urgency and seriousness it demands.
To the party, the committee’s decision has added credence to its contention about Mkhwebane’s unfitness to occupy the position of Public Protector.
“In less than a year since her appointment, Adv. Mkhwebane has demonstrated what the DA knew already: that she is unsuitable for the position of Public Protector and only undermines the important work done by the Office.
“The work of her predecessor, Adv. Thuli Madonsela, greatly strengthened our democracy and provided a bulwark against state corruption.
“However, the inept and discredited work done by Adv. Mkhwebane threatens to undermine public confidence in the Public Protector’s Office, precisely at a time when South Africa needs it most,” stated the party.
Having said that, DA emphasized that the country can’t “tolerate a compromised figure seeking to undermine the Public Protector’s Office.
“Mkhwebane can and will be removed, in terms of Section 194 of the Constitution …we look forward to making our case for her removal in committee,” added that party.