Is this the beginning of the end for Public Protector?

After a damning Constitutional Court ruling against her on Monday, some political parties and civil society organisations want her removed from the roll of advocates. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A scathing Constitutional Court judgment against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has sparked renewed calls from some political parties and civil society organisations for her to be struck off the advocates roll. 

Senior Research Associate from the Institute for Security Studies, Judith February said the findings against Mkhwebane are serious.

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“We now have a rife of judgments against her, we also have the Gordhan matter today [Tuesday] and the President [Cyril Ramaphosa] taking her report against him on the Bosasa matter on review, but I do think given what happened yesterday in the Constitutional Court it really is a bit of a game-changer because the court used very strong judicial language to speak to the way which the Public Protector has conducted herself,” she said.

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“The Constitutional Court is the highest court in the land and therefore it's judgments are binding. It didn't end well for the Public Protector so I really do think here we have someone in the constitutional office who is unable to uphold the standards of the constitution and that to me speaks to delinquency.”

February added that Mkhwebane could be removed from office on the “basis of misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.”


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