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Parliament to Conduct Inquiry into Public Protector’s Fitness to Hold Office

March 19, 2021

Parliament

A special committee to conduct an Inquiry into the Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office is to be set up.

Earlier this week the national assembly gave the green light for the establishment of the committee.

The thumbs up follows the House’s adoption of the Report of the Independent Panel of Experts tasked with establishing whether a prima facie case existed for the motion calling for her removal.

Last year, the Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance, Natasha Mazzone, tabled a motion for the removal of Advocate Mkhwebane.

The speaker of parliament, Thandi Modise, approved the motion in January 2020.

“The panel, comprising Justice Bess Nkabinde (as Chairperson), Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza and Advocate Johan De Waal, recommended that the charges based on the findings of prima facie evidence of incompetence and misconduct be referred to a special section 194 committee of the
NA for formal inquiry to investigate (if it so resolves), in terms of section 194 of the Constitution.”

Once the committee concludes its work, a report will be tabled in the NA for its consideration.