Cyril must hold line against Busi

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

It will be in­ter­est­ing in­deed to see which way the votes go if Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane is fi­nally sub­jected to im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings by par­lia­ment. Last week, par­lia­men­tary Speaker Thandi Modise ap­proved a Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) mo­tion on an im­peach­ment in­quiry into Mkhwe­bane af­ter par­lia­ment re­cently adopted new rules on the re­moval of heads of Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to sources within the ANC, the rul­ing party is likely to or­der its MPs to vote to re­move Mkhwe­bane, along with the DA. Al­ready, the highly in­flu­en­tial SA Com­mu­nist Party has set the tone for its tri­par­tite part­ner by calling for her head.

Whether or not the MPs de­cide to fol­low party or­ders will be a crit­i­cal in­di­ca­tion of whether Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s fac­tion in the ANC has the power to hold the line against Mkhwe­bane’s sup­port­ers, those who are loyal to for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

In many ways, Mkhwe­bane has ap­peared to be do­ing the bid­ding of that Zuma fac­tion in the way she has se­lec­tively, and sub­jec­tively, gone af­ter Ramaphosa and those close to him. Along the way, she has made some out­ra­geous find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions, in­clud­ing one which tried to force the Reserve Bank to add pro­mot­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to its man­date. That par­tic­u­lar idea has been vig­or­ously pushed by the Zuma fac­tion, which also forced through a res­o­lu­tion at the ANC’s Nas­rec con­fer­ence in 2017 calling for the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of the Reserve Bank.

How­ever, Mkhwe­bane has strong sup­port­ers in not only the ranks of the ANC, but also in the EFF, which has, of late, taken up the clar­ion call against “white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal” of the Zuma fac­tion and which be­lieves Mkhwe­bane is be­ing tar­geted for turn­ing the spot­light on se­nior ANC lead­ers loyal to Ramaphosa and ex­pos­ing their sup­posed bad con­duct.

The re­sult of the mo­tion to im­peach Mkhwe­bane will not be a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

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