27 January 2020
Parliament is to set up a panel to assess a motion from the Democratic Alliance (DA) calling for the removal of the Public Protector from office.
The DA had earlier submitted a motion requesting that Parliament initiate proceedings for the removal of Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
In a statement, parliament confirmed that the speaker of parliament, Thandi Modise, has approved the motion.
The national assembly adopted rules for the removal of the head of a Chapter 9 institution at the end of last year.
According to the rules, once a motion to remove the head of a Chapter 9 institution has been put forward and accepted by the speaker of parliament, an independent panel must be set up to undertake a preliminary assessment.
“Having approved the motion, the Speaker has thus written to political parties to put forward proposed nominees to serve on the panel made up of fit and proper South African citizens.”
Political parties have until 7 February 2020 to submit nominees to serve on the panel.
The rules stipulate that the panel will then have 30 days to “conduct and finalise a preliminary assessment on the motion proposing a section 194 inquiry and make a recommendation to the Speaker”.
If the panel gives the green light to the motion, then a committee will be established to hold an inquiry.