Public Protector ‘staggers from one defeat to the next’

Staff Writer | Aug 14, 2019
The Democratic Alliance (DA) said ‘the longer (Busisiwe Mkhwebane) remains in office, the more she will erode the nation’s faith in this very crucial Chapter 9 institution’.

The latest High Court ruling against Mkhwebane ‘reaffirms’ the need to remove the Public Protector from office, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement.

Steenhuisen said it noted the Pretoria High Court’s granting President Cyril Ramaphosa an interim interdict to have the implementation of the Public Protector’s remedial action against him suspended, pending a judicial review of the Bosasa report.

‘While the DA believes that the President has a case to answer, and that he must be held to account, we respect the Court’s ruling and will abide by this decision.’

But the ruling ‘does, however, raise questions about Mkhwebane’s fitness for office and is a further blow to her credibility’.

He said: ‘It cannot be that the Public Protector staggers from one defeat to the next on an almost weekly basis. The High Court decision reaffirms the DA’s position that Mkhwebane needs to be removed.’

In her almost three years in office, ‘she has on numerous occasions showed the public that she is wholly unsuitable for office’, and the DA had ‘serious concerns’ over her ‘competence and independence’.


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