Public Protector in SACP's cross-hairs

By Doug Mattushek - 10 June 2019Views : 155

The South African Communist Party is questioning whether Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is fit for office.

The embattled Mkhwebane is feeling the heat from all angles following her reports on the Estina dairy farm - which was overturned by the Pretoria High Court - and the South African Reserve Bank.

During an SACP plenary session over the weekend, the party raised concerns about how Mkhwebane’s office had become highly politicised.

"Unfortunately, the office of the public protector, instead of being preoccupied with defending the poor and vulnerable, has become an instrument of the better-off in society to fight political and other battles," SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande told The Sowetan.

"It is for these reasons that the SACP is seriously concerned about the constant scathing court judgments against the current public protector. The SACP believes it is imperative for parliament to carry out an inquiry into her suitability.

"It is not because we have a personal agenda against her, but the court judgments have the potential to damage the standing of this office."