Boken her silence: Busisiwe Mkhwebane accuses executive, judiciary and MPs of persecuting her

Boken her silence: Busisiwe Mkhwebane accuses executive, judiciary and MPs of persecuting her

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has broken her silence following MPs’ vote in the week within the National Assembly to institute an inquiry into her fitness to carry office. Mkhwebane on Wednesday evening accused the chief, some members of the judiciary, and MPs of persecuting her for doing her job. Responding to a news story on Twitter on Tuesday’s choose Parliament, Mkhwebane said she wasn’t fighting with anyone but was simply doing her job as public protector. She said she was being “persecuted by the chief, some within the judiciary and legislature who took an oath to defend the Constitution”. This is not the primary time the embattled public protector has slammed the judiciary for alleged bias towards her.

In January this year, Mkhwebane suggested to her quite 130 000 followers on Twitter that the country’s judiciary had been unfair to her. She tweeted that she hoped that she would at some point witness “a democratic South Africa with a good and objective justice system”. And in August last year, she accused certain MPs of bias and conflict of interest when she approached the Western Cape supreme court during a bid to dam parliament’s removal proceedings against her. The Western Cape supreme court in December dismissed her application to interdict the proceedings. The second a part of the appliance is about to be heard on 7 June during which she is challenging the constitutionality of parliament’s rules on the removal of heads of Chapter 9 institutions. Mkhwebane are going to be the primary head of a Chapter 9 institution to face a parliamentary inquiry into her competency for office after an independent review panel found substantial information that constitutes clear evidence of incompetence and misconduct against her. The panel was established by National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise last year after the Democratic Alliance tabled a motion for Mkhwebane’s removal from office. The Economic Freedom Fighters, the African Transformation Movement, the United Democratic Movement, and Al Jama-ah voted against the inquiry. Despite some ANC MPs expressing their objection to the establishment of the inquiry, they toed the party line after ANC national chair Gwede Mantashe instructed them to choose favour of the inquiry.

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