Mthembu de­fends Mkhwe­bane

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - BONOLO SELEBANO bono­los@the­newage.co.za

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu yes­ter­day said that the party in Par­lia­ment would shoot down a DA-in­spired plot to “col­lapse” the of­fice of the public pro­tec­tor un­der the lead­er­ship of Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane and her deputy, Kevin Malunga.

Mthembu said, with­out a shadow or form of trial, Mkhwe­bane and her deputy had be­come vic­tims of the DA’s ma­li­cious in­ten­tion to desta­bilise the Chap­ter nine in­sti­tu­tion.

He said the fact that Mkhwe­bane’s CIEX re­port was set aside in court, did not war­rant her re­moval from of­fice as such mat­ters were part of the course for any­one in her po­si­tion.

“Do they then mean that when­ever rec­om­men­da­tions from the public pro- tec­tor get taken on review, that means that they are not fit to hold of­fice? That’s ut­ter rub­bish,” Mthembu said.

Hos com­ments came in the wake of the DA ini­ti­at­ing a bid for Mkhwe­bane’s re­moval through an in­quiry into her fit­ness to hold of­fice.

A de­ci­sion was taken by the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on jus­tice and cor­rec­tional ser­vices to pro­ceed with the probe.

It is for this rea­son that Mthembu said un­der no cir­cum­stance would Mkhwe­bane be removed from the helm of the Chap­ter nine in­sti­tu­tion.

“There is no in­quiry that will come be­fore Par­lia­ment. We can ven­ti­late on the mat­ter but that’s where it ends, full stop.

“There is ab­so­lutely no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion from want­ing to re­move the public pro­tec­tor from of­fice.

“At no stage has any com­mit­tee of Par­lia­ment found her in­com­pe­tent or guilty of any mis­con­duct. The DA has never liked Bu­sisiwe, never. They hate her with a pas­sion.”

Mthembu said per­cep­tions that Mkhwe­bane was a “Zuma spy” were un­war­ranted.

“They said she’s a plant for Zuma but she has proven her­self not to be a plant for any­body.”

Mthembu also closed ranks be­hind Malunga, who is al­leged to have in­ter­fered in an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the Ekurhu­leni mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“The al­le­ga­tions don’t war­rant an in­quiry, they are flawed.

“No self-re­spect­ing com­mit­tee in Par­lia­ment will deal with that mat­ter,” he said.

PIC­TURE: BONGIWE MCHUNU

Mathole Mot­shekga UN­DER NO CIR­CUM­STANCES: ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says the party will shoot down a DA-in­spired plot to ‘col­lapse’ the public pro­tec­tor’s of­fice.

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