The Speaker of parliament has selected three fit and proper persons to serve on the Panel on the removal from office of the Public Protector.
In a statement, parliament indicated that the aim of the Panel is to conduct a preliminary assessment on whether prima facie evidence exists to show that Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has committed the misconduct and/or is incompetent as alleged in a Democratic Alliance motion.
The Panel is expected to complete its assessment and report, including recommendations with reasons and any minority views of panellists, to the national assembly (NA) within 30 days of its appointment.
The NA must then decide on the recommendations.
“If the NA decides the inquiry should go ahead, it must be referred to a special section 194 committee for formal inquiry.”
According to parliament, letters of invitation to serve on the Panel have been sent to the three selections.
“If all the responses are positive, Ms Modise will make the appointments. If all the responses are not positive then, depending on the issues raised, she will either hold over the appointments until a later date or take steps aimed at the appointment of other person(s) to the Panel.”
Parliament will announce the names once the process of appointment is concluded.