Motshekga denies bias in debate on protector
THE chairperson of Parliament’s justice and correctional services portfolio committee, Mathole Motshekga, and the oversight body, have acted to set the record straight about his participation in a debate concerning public protector Busisiwe Mhkwebane.
In a statement, they said Motshekga “at no stage sided with certain members of the committee” during a meeting to decide on the referral by the speaker that the body consider an inquiry into Mhkwebane’s fitness to be in office.
According to the statement, at the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Motshekga emphasised he had proposed to the portfolio committee how the matter should be dealt with.
He said the work of the committee was possibly conflicted because the public protector report had recommended “remedial action” – that of the chairperson amending the Constitution to limit the powers of the South African Reserve Bank.
It was proposed that the matter be referred back to the speaker for an ad hoc committee to attend to the matter, the statement said.
Furthermore, Motshekga said because an ad hoc committee recommended the appointment of the public protector “it should be” the ad hoc committee that considered the removal of the public protector.
“At no stage did I, as the committee chairperson, participate in the vote or side with parties. I merely highlighted the committee’s workload and the possible forum to deal with the matter.
“Media reports stating otherwise are incorrect. I acted impartially as a chairperson,” the statement said.