'There is evidence to support inquiry into Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office'
CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has told Members of Parliament (MPs) there is prima facie evidence to support an inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen briefed Parliament’s Justice Committee on the issue on Wednesday afternoon.
His party wants Mkhwebane removed as Public Protector, saying she’s not cut out for the job.
Steenhuisen’s submission came soon after Mkhwebane’s own presentation to the committee on the rules and policies in her office, which include the appointment of a special advisor.
Steenhuisen focussed his submission on what he termed her “incompetence”.
He quoted a North Gauteng High Court judgment that said Mkhwebane overreached her powers in making findings on the ABSA Bank Corp matter when she called for a constitutional amendment to change SA Reserve Bank’s mandate.
Steenhuisen also referred to Speaker Baleka Mbete’s affidavit submitted in the same case where she challenged the findings.
“These are very serious findings, chairperson, and I think they speak to the competence of the Public Protector; both her interpretation of her mandate and even the most basic grasp of the law.”
The committee will submit the DA’s complaint to Mkhwebane to allow her a chance to respond before it agrees on an inquiry.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)