Mkhwebane to be grilled in Parliament next month
PUBLIC Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane faces a tough grilling in Parliament next month as calls for her removal from her position because of incompetence grow louder.
But she remains steadfast and believes she is fit to hold office.
Chairperson of the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services Mathole Motshekga said Mkhwebane would face the committee next month over allegations against her. The committee would then determine whether or not there should be an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.
This is the second attempt to remove her from office. An attempt by the DA failed after the ANC withdrew its support for such a move.
Spokesperson for the public protector Oupa Segalwe confirmed that Mkhwebane had filed her response to the committee and the reasons she believed she needed to continue in her job.
“Yes, the public protector has responded to the committee and the crux of her response is that she was appointed on merit in an open and transparent process, is fit, proper, qualified and experienced to hold office,” said Segalwe.
Motshekga also confirmed Mkhwebane had responded to the committee regarding a complaint lodged by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen.
During a meeting of the committee a few weeks ago Steenhuisen listed a number of reasons why Mkhwebane should be removed from office. She was accused of failing to act against former Free State premier Ace Magashule and ex-minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane over the Estina dairy project.
Steenhuisen also listed scathing judgments against her in the High Court over her work.