Mkhwe­bane to be grilled in Par­lia­ment next month

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

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.

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