CAPE TOWN: The panel of lawyers considered a number of charges related to damning court judgments against her.
South Africa’s Public Protector, Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office motion will be decided on Tuesday afternoon when lawmakers convene at the National Assembly.
The motion comes after the independent panel of lawyers found that there is a prima facie evidence that Ms Mkhwebane may have committed misconduct or she is incompetent.
The panel of lawyers considered a number of charges related to damning court judgments against her.
The country’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) leader in Parliament, Ms Pemmy Majodina indicated at the weekend that the caucus has decided to support an inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.
Her statement received mixed reaction from members of the ANC. In a letter written to the ANC’s Secretary-General, Mr Ace Magashule, a lawmaker wrote to him indicating that she is taking a view not agreed upon during their meeting.
Mr Mervin Dirks said, “the caucus did not agree that the process to impeach the public protector should go ahead. Instead, there were two views expressed in the caucus.”
He said it is “unfair that you released a statement based on one view that was expressed in caucus.”
“They should discuss the matter. Hopefully, they will come to some sort of a decision because Pemmy was going to present to the [ANC] top six,” Mr Dirks added.
Another ANC lawmaker, Mr Kebby Maphatsoe echoed the sentiments raised by Mr Dirks in another letter addressed to Mr Magashule.
According to Mr Maphatsoe, the statement issued by the colourful leader of the party in Parliament, “does not reflect the scope of the discussion that took place in the Caucus.”
“The DA is certainly NOT an organisation that is in alliance with the ANC, and therefore to vote in a process that has been initiated, promoted and sponsored by the DA constitutes a flagrant contravention of our ANC Constitution,” he added.
If the National Assembly agrees to the motion later on Tuesday, a committee will be established and Ms Mkhwebane will be subjected to a precedent-setting inquiry.