What does 2021 hold for the Public Protector?

It's been a rough start to the year for the Public Protector after being slapped with perjury charges. Later this month, Parliament will be advised on whether or not to hold an inquiry into Busisiwe Mkhwebane fitness to hold office. Lindsay Dentlinger spoke to political commentators to find out. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - It's been a rough start to the year for the Public Protector after being slapped with perjury charges. And, there's more to come.

Later this month, Parliament will be advised on whether or not to hold an inquiry into Busisiwe Mkhwebane fitness to hold office.

So will this be the year of reckoning for her?

UPDATE: Mkhwebane charged with perjury

Mkhwebane is now on sabbatical for two months, a move commentators agree is largely strategic.

Whatever route Parliament decides to take, the impact could be a lasting one on the office of the Public Protector, said Professor Bheki Mngomezulu from the University of the Western Cape.

"In future, when the future PP makes a ruling or a finding on a particular case and that case is dismissed, will the same results be acceptable?

"Will politicians rejoice and say we were right that that person was not the right fit for the office?" Mngomezulu asked.

READ: Public Protector demands a fair process 

Political commentator Lukhona Mnguni believes by enlisting the help of an independent panel to decide on Mkhwebane's future, it could be Parliament that is found wanting at the end of the day.

"It should make us a bit worried that our politicians might be doing a vote of no confidence in themselves, that they are not competent enough and of course, if they are not competent, then we should question their competency as legislators," Mnguni said.

As the process unfolds, commentators believe it will be a lengthy one -- not without legal challenges.

* eNCA's Lindsay Dentlinger reports.

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