DA and Cope call for removal of Public Protector

By Doug Mattushek - 26 May 2019Views : 150

Several bodies are calling for the removal of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, including political parties’ Democratic Alliance and COPE.

Mkhwebane has recently been thrust into the spotlight following a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court that set aside her her report on the Vrede Dairy Project, declaring the report “unconstitutional and invalid”.

"This is but one example in a long list of Mkhwebane‘s failures in her role as public protector,” DA chief whip John Steenhuisen told ANA.  

"She jumped to the defence of former president Jacob Zuma by laying criminal charges against former public protector advocate Thuli Madonsela for releasing the transcript of her interview with him.

"The public protector’s office has not only stumbled form one blunder to the next, but the public has now also lost faith in her ability to competently and fairly represent their best interests and for these reasons she must be removed.”

Congress of the People spokesperson Dennis Bloem revealed the party was disturbed at Mkhwebane’s actions.

"We have observed factionalist tendencies in adv Mkhwebane, and [she] is incapable of protecting the public in a honest and sober way,” said Bloem.

“We call upon parliament to remove this incompetent public protector.”

Finally, human rights body Freedom Under Law spoke out against Mkhwebane’s findings against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

"Freedom Under Law is dismayed but not surprised to learn of the public protector’s findings in respect of Mr Ivan Pillay’s early retirement and Minister Pravin Gordhan’s authorisation of the retirement," said CEO Nicole Fritz.

"The matters canvassed in the public protector’s report are the exact same matters as those which frame one of the most notorious episodes in the National Prosecuting Authority’s history – the decision to charge and then ultimately ignominiously withdraw charges against Gordhan, Pillay, and former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula.”