Parliament has stated that Speaker Thandi Modise has obtained a report from the unbiased panel established to look into whether or not there may be prima facie proof pointing to Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane having dedicated misconduct.
“The Panel has since completed its work and submitted its report to the Speaker. The Speaker expressed her appreciation to the panellists for their dedicated service. The report will be made available in the week of 1 March 2021,” Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo stated.
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Modise had introduced in November 2020 that she appointed three authorized heads who would decide whether or not there have been deserves to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) name for Mkhwebane’s removing from office.
The three-member panel contains Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Bess Nkabinde (who leads it) in addition to advocates Dumisa Ntsebeza and Johan de Waal. The DA in Parliament launched one other movement to have Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane eliminated. Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone claimed she was not match for office resulting from being responsible of “misconduct” and “incompetence” on a number of costs together with the SARB and Estina Dairy Farm probes.
“Mkhwebane’s tenure as public protector dirties the once proud reputation of this vital Chapter 9 institution of holding the Executive to account without fear or favour. Under her guidance, the institution has suffered blow after blow in South African courts and leaves a clear impression of toothlessness and ineptitude,” Mazzone stated.
Thandi Modise then gave the go-ahead for a doable inquiry into Mkhwebane’s health to carry office – however then the general public protector then launched a authorized bid with the Western Cape High Court to halt the proceedings.
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In October 2020, the court docket dismissed her application for an interim order to cease National Modise from urgent forward with the movement. The public protector then moved to file an application for depart to attraction the judgement, which was denied.
Mkhwebane has since turned to the Constitutional Court.
It has undoubtedly been a tough time for the general public protector, having lost a number of authorized bids in court docket. She is at the moment on a three-month sabbatical, which Modise granted in January 2021.
However this was on the situation that she would avail herself to the parliamentary course of searching for to take away her, ought to the necessity come up.